By Sabrina Schlesinger
Grace. It is a word we use often, but how many of us actually understand what we are saying? I think understanding grace will be a lifelong lesson as there seems to always be new facets to discover. But lets make sure we understand the basic definition.
I have heard it said that grace is unmerited favor. And yes, that is right! It is unearned and a blessing to us. But if that is all we see it as, we are missing so much more.
Here is my simplified definition. Grace is God’s power and God’s ability at work in my life. My husband adds that grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve (and mercy is God withholding what we do deserve!)
Think about an outlet on a wall. It has power charging through it, available for you and I at any time. This is much like the grace of God. We are near it and it is readily available to us, but much like that outlet, it won’t do us much good if we don’t plug into it and access the power.
2 Corinthians 12:9a says “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” (MSG)
So the question is, how do you and I plug into His grace? How do we access His freely given power and ability in our lives? I’m glad you asked. Here are two ways we can do this.
1. Humble ourselves.
God’s word says that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. To be humble means to be brought low. It means not thinking more of ourselves then we ought to. It is putting God at the top and placing ourselves at the bottom. We must get our position right if we are going to plug into the grace of God.
2. Admit we need help.
It is hard to help someone when they don’t want it, isn’t it? And it is even harder when they say they don’t need it! The same works with God. He wants to freely give us His grace, but it is contingent on our asking.
Look at Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10. Jesus approached this man, who was obviously blind and needed sight, yet Jesus still asked him an important question. “What do you want me to do for you?” There is an important key to accessing God’s grace in our asking. We must admit we can’t do it on our own and need help.
It is when we do these two things that the grace and power of God come rushing in like a flood into our lives, circumstances and messes. It is at this time that we feel the peace of God come over us when all of life is shaking around us. It is in this spot that we can stand in the face of great tribulation and trials, because we are no longer standing in our own strength but have accessed something far more powerful than ourselves.
Remember mom…you were not created or designed to carry such weights and burdens on your own. ALL of us, even the strongest among us, will crumble in our own strength from the pressures this world brings our way. We all need this.
The remainder of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says it so beautifully…”So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NLT)
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
Let go and let God take over.
Sabrina is a mother to three biological girls and one adopted boy. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance graphic designer and mom coach! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables, and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!