“As workers together with God, we ask you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” 2 Cor. 6:1
The apostle Paul, who in a special way received the revelation of God’s grace, wrote, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the verse above. Paul was saved by grace and that grace became for him like an engine, which propelled him forward.
He exhorts us not to receive grace in such a way that it becomes ineffective. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul says that he worked more than others, and that with the help of God’s grace that was with him. But it does not happen by itself, we are a part of it all.
It’s about choices. God has given us all His promises in the Bible and there is abundant grace available. We need to receive in faith and then act in accordance with God’s word. With the help of God, we can fulfill every exhortation in the Bible, in the light of the new covenant. God does not tell us to do something that He does not give us the ability to do. So, when we believe both the promises and the exhortations and act in accordance with them, then God helps us to live according to the Bible.
So choose to believe in God. Choose to believe in the word of God, both the promises and the exhortations, and act. In that way, grace is released and becomes help and benefit. Also when the Holy Spirit speaks in your heart and leads you to do something, then choose to believe and act on it. Then you will see how you get help from God to do God’s will.
Paul, who lived in this revelation of God’s grace, then goes on to describe himself as a servant of God. And being a servant of God is not at all glamorous, but, with God’s wonderful grace and help, one can live a life that becomes a blessing to others and that glorifies God.
“But in all things we commend ourselves as servants of God: in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distress, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, and in hunger; by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and look, we live; as punished, but not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; and as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” 2 Cor. 6:4-10
If one went through all that Paul went through, without God’s help, then it would be overwhelming. But, together with Jesus, we can do far more than we understand. Jesus goes with us and His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30).
God bless you.
/ David Billström