At the beginning of this year I stood before my jam packed, color-coded, and overflowing calendar. Butterflies of nervousness which were bordering on fear and potential regret. What had I gotten myself into? Last year I was struggling and completely overwhelmed. And now I had gone and taken on more responsibility. Full time Master’s studies. Part time job at the Lebone Centre (with the work load really full time). Weekly duties at the bordering house. Leading children’s ministry at church. And I wanted a social life.
Yep, I’d finally lost my mind.
But before I could throw in the towel, my good and loving Father reminded me that THIS is my portion.
He placed all of this before me. I asked for more and He gave me more. God reminded me that He assigned me this portion and gave me this cup. He placed all of this before me. And since He is a good loving father, He will also provide the grace for me to carry this cup.
Grace. God’s unmerited favour on my life. It is undeserved, unearned, and unending. There is nothing I could do or not do to stop His grace. It was made complete with Jesus’ death and resurrection.
B.B. Warfield says:
Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving
Grace is a concept that makes absolutely no sense in the world. The world understands karma: what goes around comes around. They understand retribution. Revenge.
Grace says: while you were still sinning I loved you. Christianity is the only religion that everything needed for salvation is already paid for in full. Where most religions are about earning salvation and working towards salvation, Christianity says the work is done. That is grace.
This year I received a big lesson in God’s sufficient grace. That grace that is just enough. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
This year my plate was overflowing. The stress was real. The amount of work was real. But God’s grace was sufficient.
Many times I found myself with a chapter to write for my thesis. Report to complete for work while planning weekly activities for our clubs. Duties in the hostile that required my undivided attention. As well as preparing for Sunday service in Children’s ministry. “Busy” was not a sufficient term to describe my life this year. But “busy”became a constant word on my lips. I was literally always busy. There was never a time when everything stopped.
But God’s grace was sufficient.
There was always someone or something that needed my attention. Calling, emailing, knocking at my door. Just when I thought one of my balls would fall from the air, God’s grace swooped in and caught it.
God’s grace was always enough. Extending deadlines. Friends offering to help out with hostile duties when I was sick. Someone providing a lift when I was rushing off to one meeting after the other. God’s grace always found a way to be just what I needed just when I needed it.
Yes my plate was overflowing and yes God assigned me that portion. But who God calls He also equips. God is not trying to set us up for failure but always means it for our good.
God’s grace is always sufficient.
Not only is it enough, but when you are weak God’s power is the strongest. When you recognize that you are nothing and can do nothing without God, then God’s power is free to take over. How can God move in your life if you are always trying to out do Him. If you are always trying to be Him in your life. When you take a back seat and let God take over completely then it will amaze you the things you can accomplish. Like completing a full thesis masters in a year while working two jobs and leading a ministry.
God’s grace is more than enough, it’s just enough for whatever you need it for. So that is why I boast in my weaknesses so Christs power may rest on me.
2016 has been a year of God’s power being made perfect in my life.
Grace, God’s unmerited favour, getting what I don’t deserve and not getting what I do deserve.
Each and every day I found myself existing in the crux of God’s grace. What a blessed place to be.
God’s grace was always enough and then enough.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.