Paul wrote, “God’s favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it” (Ephesians 4:7). Now, this is cool because the comfort we have received, through His grace, can be built up as a reservoir of grace. Why is this important? Because, our Father uses us, his people, to dispense his grace to others! In fact, I would argue, one of the reasons we have received his grace is so we can become channels of it! We are meant to dispense His Grace to others. This is our anointing and calling.
I believe this is what Paul meant when he wrote, “I became a servant of this Good News through God’s kindness freely given to me when his power worked in me . . . Yet, God showed me his kindness by allowing me to spread the Good News of the immeasurable wealth of Christ to people who are not Jewish” (Ephesians 3:7-8). “You have a special place in my heart. So it is right for me to think this way about all of you. All of you are my partners” (Philippians 1:7).
Amazing! Paul was 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.” See, it was God’s grace that made Paul a compassionate shepherd!.
Peter wrote, “Each of you, as a good manager, must use the gift that God has given you [why?] to serve others” (I Peter 4:10). That is what it means to be a good steward! We are to be dispensers of God’s manifold grace! Each of us should ask ourselves, “Am I this kind of person? Or, do I spend my prayer times to simply satisfy my own needs?
My friends, we need to quit complaining and consider that our present sufferings are actually producing something precious in our lives! They are forming the gift of mercy and grace, in our hearts. This is how we will be able to offer mercy and grace to others who are hurting. What I mean is that our sufferings should teach us to be able to give grace to others!
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 search for those in need and work to meet their needs!
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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.