Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12: 4-5
Grace is defined by Merriam-Webster as a way of moving that is smooth and attractive, a way that is not stiff or awkward. Grace is the strength beyond your physical limitations to do what only you were created to do. It is given to us individually to bring God glory. This grace is the extension of God on our lives to accomplish what He has called us to do. It has been given to each one of us to do only what God has purposed for us to do.
I would like to think of grace as the manifestation of God’s approval on my life. This approval is what I call God’s favor. It is the pardon on my life to be who I was created to be! And yes–it is amazing!
The amazing thing about grace is that even in our weaknesses, God gives us a smooth and attractive flow to our lives that enables us to STILL be and do all He created us to do. Paul said he pleaded with God three times for the thorn to be removed from his flesh. God’s response to Paul was “…My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. “ (2 Cor. 12: 9). So Paul responded to God by saying he will boast all the more so that God’s power will dwell within him!
When David went out to defeat Goliath, it wasn’t the rock that defeated the giant, it was God’s grace! From day one David had sufficient favor on his life to conquer any lion, tiger, or bear—oh my! He responded to Goliath with this same graceful confidence by posing the question: “who would be crazy enough to defy the armies of the living God!”
Another example of this is Joseph. After being hated by his own flesh and blood, and even being thrown in prison, Joseph was able to flow in his God given abilities by interpreting a dream for Potiphar. When Joseph was finally promoted to the highest position in all Egypt, he could have used his power to seek revenge on his brothers and those who meant him harm. But the Bible says that when Joseph saw his youngest brother, he was overcome with emotion and had to find a room to weep! He gave God glory by following His plan instead of falling into the trap of vengeance.
Psalms 23: 5 states “He prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” Because Joseph continued to walk in the favor of God, he was able to eat at the same table right along with those who caused him harm. This is GRACE at work! The grace of God on Joseph’s life that enabled him to see visions, dreams, and revelations was used to preserve the lives of his own family and millions of other people during a famine in the land and is still being used today to teach us how to respond to what the enemy intends for evil.
Just like Joseph and Paul, it is our response to God at these times that will enable us to continue to flow gracefully. Our sufferings are the very opportunities for God to work and bring him glory. Because we are more than conquerors, we are not to avoid adversity, but overcome it. Grace is simply the strength to continue despite any challenge that comes your way.