Devotional: ‘The Gift of Grace’

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The church is to function like a body with Christ as its head.  Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Being a part of the body of Christ means that we are one with our Savior and that we are one with each other. We read in Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Paul then goes on to say in Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…

The ‘gifts’ Paul is referring to are what are commonly called ‘Spiritual Gifts.’ What are spiritual gifts? In the studies ahead we will take a look at each of the spiritual gifts listed in scripture. We will consider how they function and operate. But at this point we need to understand what a spiritual gift actually is.

The word ‘gift’ that Paul uses is the Greek word ‘chrisma.’ From it we get the English word charismatic, which today is most often associated with certain Christian denominations that focus primarily on such spiritual gifts as: tongues, healings, and miracles.

The word ‘chrisma’ comes from another word which most often is translated as ‘grace.’ Therefore we may conclude that a spiritual gift is a gift of God’s grace. What is grace? The Online Bible Greek Lexicon defines grace as: {the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.} In short – grace is God’s favor upon our lives, which is neither deserved nor earned.

Most Christians associate grace with their salvation. We read in Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. But to fully understand God’s purpose for grace, we need to read vs. 10 as well – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” God has a plan for our lives. He wants to use us for His glory. And the primary way God uses us for His glory is by equipping us with various spiritual gifts, or if you will – gifts of His grace.

A spiritual gift is a way that God works both in and through our lives in order to give out His grace. The Lord has gifted me with the ability to understand His Word and to teach. Therefore I strive to give out His grace through the messages I preach and the devotionals I write. Yet the Lord may gift someone else with the ability to cook, or to sew, or to build houses. Just as the Lord gives me opportunities to give out His grace through my teachings, the Lord will give them opportunities to give out His grace through acts of kindness and serving.

Here is the great spiritual truth that we must not overlook. Serving in the body of Christ is more than filling an office or position. It is becoming a vessel of His grace. It is a gift to us in that God would give us the privilege of being used by Him. It is a gift to others in that it helps to meet their needs and to draw them closer to Christ.

Are you a vessel of His grace? Are you a gift to the church? There is no greater blessing in life than to know that God is using you for His glory.

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