God often uses his own caring people to dispense his grace. This is one reason we’re made partakers of his grace: to become channels of it. We are meant to dispense it to others. for a lack of a better name, we’ll call this “people grace.”
“Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7). Because of the comfort we’re given through God’s grace, it is impossible for any of us to continue grieving our whole lifetime. At some point, we are being healed by the Lord and we begin to build up a reservoir of God’s grace.
I believe this is what Paul meant when he wrote, “I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me…that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:7-8). “I have you in my heart; for all of you share in God’s grace with me” (Philippians 1:7). The apostle is making a profound statement. He’s saying, “When I go to God’s throne to obtain grace, it is for your sake. I want to be a merciful shepherd to you, not a judgmental one. I want to be able to dispense grace to you in your time of need.” God’s grace made Paul a compassionate shepherd, able to weep with those who grieved. And to rejoice with those who cekebrate.
Peter writes, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10). What does it mean to be a good steward, or dispenser, of God’s manifold grace? Am I such a person? Or do I spend my time praying only for my own pain, grief and struggles?
My friends, our present sufferings are producing something precious in our lives. They are forming in us a cry for the gift of mercy and grace, to offer to others who are hurting. Our sufferings make us want to be grace givers.
Father, I delight in the gifts you have given me. I celebrate the Life you have imparted to me. But I confess, Father, my focus has been on my own needs and desires. Well, from this point on, I will share what you have so generously given to me. You said in your Word that “when God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them out” (Romans 12:3). So I will seek out those in need and work to meet those needs.
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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.