Thought for the Day #286

 

ABOUNDING GRACE

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 (The Holy Bible, King James Version)

 

8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

 

We often express our sensitivity to minister for the Lord. Our motives may be very correct, but our vision is somewhat limited. While expressing our desire to serve, we immediately limit our ability by believing we are incapable because of a lack of tools.

 

We say, "If I only had this or that, I could do this special thing for the Lord. The real question may be; "What am I doing with what God has given me?"

 

God never expects us to do something, without giving us the ability to do it. The above Scripture declares that God extends his grace abundantly to us. He will provide the sufficiency to accomplish those things that he has called us to do.

 

It is easy to envision great plans and accomplishment for God. Tragically, such illusions cause us to neglect current abilities which He has already given us. Our carnal nature loves the spectacular. God loves simple obedience. When we are found faithful in small things, He will enlarge our capacity to do greater things for him.

 

Be careful not to look beyond God's desire for the present. He has probably already provided what you need for today. Use what He has given you. Remember his promise to give grace and all sufficiency to you, that you might abound to every good work.

 

God is very diligent with our development. He leads us a step at a time. Each step must be experienced. This prepares us for the duty or responsibility to come. Unfulfilled steps leave us weak and unprepared for greater accomplishments.

 

When we are really doing God's will instead of our own, his abounding Grace gives us sufficiency to do every good work. What has He given you to use for today? Take advantage of His abounding grace.

 

Prayer:

 

Almighty God, I want to be a good servant in your Kingdom. My heart desires to do good works, according to your will. I want to be obedient and sensitive to your direction. Please help me to act obediently to your Holy Spirit and help me to use what you've already given me. Prepare me to do more. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.