…And they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord – Acts 11:22-23
Many simply define grace as unmerited favour. However, the word, “grace” is far more encompassing. Grace is usually bestowed; it’s an endowment or an impartation, which, when it is given or granted produces special abilities in you that reflects on the outside. Thus, favour is one of the outworkings of grace.
This doesn’t mean everyone will like you; some will even persecute you, but every well-meaning person will be attracted to you. You might be the new kid on the block, but everybody wants you. Furthermore, grace brings joy into your life. Many people don’t understand the power of joy and thus refuse to give it expression. But when grace functions in you, it reveals itself in joy unspeakable and full of glory! Others won’t understand how come you’re ever joyful, and keep making consistent progress; it’s because of what’s inside—the joy of the Lord, produced by grace.
Grace also brings liberality into your life; it opens you up to a two-way channel: a giving and receiving channel! Giving is “a grace” (2 Corinthians 8:7). As grace works in you, you become a prompt-to-do-it giver; and giving is not without receiving. As grace inspires you to give, so does it inspire others to give to you.
Grace brings pleasure into your life. God cares about you being happy and living a pleasurable life. He wants you to derive pleasure from everything you do, and grace gives you that pleasure; it helps you take pleasure in the things of God. Lastly, grace brings gifts into your life. The grace of God in you deposits an extraordinary ability in your spirit to do what others can’t do. It may be a gift of writing, or singing or the ability to fix things; look into your life, and you’ll be amazed what gifts and abilities grace has deposited in you.
Dear Father, I thank you for bestowing on my heart the divine influence that produces in me acceptability, advantage, and favour. I lavishly take a hold of it and reign in life as a king, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Romans 5:17; Luke 1:30; Ephesians 4:7