Grace Enables Purpose

My uncle was a very gracious man, and one of the finest men I have known. I worked construction for him every summer during my college years in order to earn as much money as I could to pay for books and other college expenses. When I think about how many mistakes I made on the job, I often wonder why he kept me around. However, without fail, my uncle would only respond with kindness and then empower me to keep working.

His grace wasn’t wasted. I learned from those mistakes and became an asset to his company and even began to love carpentry. My uncle taught me something about leadership and grace that reflects how The Lord often teaches us. 

God isn’t afraid of our mistakes. He knows what we are made of and how quickly our life on earth passes away—it’s a drop of water compared to the ocean of eternity that awaits us. Yet God offers us grace through Jesus Christ to erase our sin and mistakes here on earth. However, this grace that He gives us is for a purpose. Grace enables us to work towards goodness—it empowers us to attempt to live a life that glorifies God. When we make mistakes, His compassion is new everyday (Lamentations 3:22-23), graciously insisting we try righteous living again and again. 

The Apostle Paul writes, “Laboring together [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them—do not receive it to no purpose] (2 Corinthians 6:1 AMP).

Paul is essentially pleading with the Corinthians to be reconciled with God and allow grace to reconnect them to their purpose to live in harmony with the Father God and obey Christ’s teachings. 

Far too often believers receive Jesus as Lord and wonder at His gift of salvation, but never allow God’s grace to spur them on to change their behavior to reflect what Jesus taught. This is receiving grace unto no effect, and it isn’t what God intended.

Paul reinforced this same admonishment in his letter to the Romans. He writes, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)?

Again, the goodness or grace of God has a purpose. Its purpose is repentance—which is a deep sense of regret and remorse that results in the change of behavior and direction. Repentance is a picture of a traveler heading the wrong way, when a kind person explains that they’re heading for a cliff. In response the journeyman turns around and heads the other direction to find a mountain set to majestic views, rivers, life, fruit, adventure, and paths designed to strengthen the traveler. 

So receive God’s grace today! Understand that God’s grace empowers us to live our purpose to imitate God as His dear children (Ephesians 5:1). Fundamentally, God's grace has authorized us to learn to love and be eternally rewarded for every attempt.

Let’s pray: Jesus, I respond to your grace today. Thank you for erasing all my sins. You took my sins on the cross—You were my ransom and You took my penalty of death. I am forgiven. This grace has ignited my purpose to live a life that pleases the Father. Give me the Holy Spirit and empower me to love and obey Your teachings. Amen.