We are not achievers; we are privileged receivers. We become what we become in life by God’s grace. If you think it is by your power you’ve gotten everything you own, you would only be deceiving yourself. God’s grace is real which is multiplied by the knowledge of the word of God. I love grace because where your efforts cannot take you in hundred years to come, it can take you there within a blink of an eye.
Esther, a slave who became a queen is an example of grace; Nehemiah, a cupbearer who suddenly became governor is also a good example of God’s grace. Joseph was sold into slavery. And then suddenly he became a prime minister from prison—that could only be God’s grace.
The sad thing is that most preachers defined grace as unmerited favor. That’s not a true definition. As a result of this, many hide under grace and disobey God. Grace has been grossly abused.
When you talk about grace also talk about obedience because grace doesn’t just jump on people. It’s provoked by complying with the laws of the scriptures.
Joseph an exemplar of grace is also a symbol of righteousness. Remember, he fled fornication. So, because Joseph obeyed God, grace was attracted to him. There is always a because for the release of grace. Grace is not for free.
Abraham who experienced grace beyond is an epitome of obedience. Prompt obedience is what earned Abraham supernatural blessings. When God told Abraham to circumcise the male in his household, he obeyed; when God told Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, he obeyed; and when he was commanded to leave his kindred and go to an unknown land, he obeyed. When you claim the blessings of Abraham, also don’t forget the commitment of Abraham to tithing and sacrificial giving. So, there is nothing as unmerited favor.
“If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham (follow the footsteps of Abraham)” — John 8:39
Some pastors have impregnated young ladies in the church because of grace. Many believers are still struggling with sin because of grace. Don’t abuse grace to promote your disobedience. Grace is obedience to the commands of God. God has favorites. Become one of his favorite children by obeying His commands.