Be Strong In The Grace
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1. Paul’s instruction to Timothy, the pastor of the church at Ephesus, is one that must be heeded by every born-again Christian. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” By definition, grace is God’s unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor. Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Grace is the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace is God’s ability, God’s strength, and God’s might. Grace is the ability and power of the person of the Holy Spirit given to us as a free gift to do only what he can do, of what we can not do ourselves. Finally, grace is a person. It (He) is Jesus Christ. So when the apostle Paul tells us to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, he is setting the limits to the power, the might, and the ability of every person that names Jesus Christ as Lord. How strong can we be? We can be as strong as the grace, the power, the might that is in Christ Jesus Himself because He is grace!
The following quote is from Smith Wigglesworth. “People could be built far greater in the Lord and be more wonderfully established if they would move out sometimes and think over the grace of the Lord.” What an awesome statement! That right there is the issue with the present day church. Instead of being strong in the grace and moving out, only considering the power and strength and ability of Jesus in us, the church tries to figure out and come up with excuses as to why things are not happening the way the Bible says they should be. God has plan A – Jesus! The church has plan B, C, D, and E because they haven’t established themselves in the grace, the finished work, the person of Jesus Christ!
I am asked all the time by well-meaning Christians what I think about such and such or so and so. Most of the time they are dismayed because I tell them I don’t think anything about them. I just get up everyday, consecrated and dedicated to Almighty God and His Word, totally dependent and strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. I don’t ask why or how come or what about. I don’t get off on a tangent or pursue things that don’t matter. Another quote from Wigglesworth that I adhere to is, “The only satisfaction I have is the dissatisfaction as to where I am in Christ.” I know where I am positionally. Experientially, I need to catch up. So, “I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12, 14. I do that by being strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.