The subject matter today is grace. Grace is unmerited favor. Grace is the Divine means by which God makes Himself everything we need to utterly abound (2 Cor. 9:8). It is the medicine that heals our bitterness (He. 12:15). It is substance. It is sufficiency. It is joy and felicity. And in 2 Timothy 2:1, grace is strength.
There are a lot of things that God wants us to do. Things that are hard. Speaking the truth to someone. Forgiving someone. Serving someone. If we try to do these things in our own strength we will fail but if we ask God for his grace to do what he wants us to do, he will give all the grace we need. There is a certain joy that comes from being obedient to God.
We can’t live like overcomes if we act under-graced or entangled. Entanglement holds us hostage to unhealthy situations and demands a ransom that costs every captive dearly. So as we close today, know that I am not perfect but I press on. Forgetting what is behind and straining for what is ahead. I so want to win the prize. I want to have jewels in my crown when I see Christ. I want to guard the deposit that God has given me and give it to faithful people who are competent to teach others. Amen.