It Takes Grace To Run The Race! By Bishop David Abioye
Topic: It Takes Grace To Run The Race!
“…Ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and …the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, … yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” – 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29
Our world today is full of mighty men. There are ‘Goliaths’ in every field of endeavour. They have such exceptional qualities and qualifications, coupled with great accomplishments that are capable of intimidating anyone. When you hear of them you are tempted to say, “There is no use trying, what more can I do that has not already been done?” But I have come to understand from God’s word and from personal experience that it is possible to run with giants and still overtake them, inspite of your obvious limitations. The covenant secret that turns ‘small’ men into great achievers is the grace of God. When you know how to articulate the grace of God in your life, you enjoy ceaseless and outstanding breakthroughs all the way.
Our reference scripture says, “…Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…” You have no reason whatsoever to bemoan yourself because the very thing that looks like a handicap or limitation in your life is the very reason God called you. Men may disqualify you, but if God chooses you, your weakness becomes your strength. God does look for mighty men, rather He looks for the weak in order to make them mighty. God does look for the wise, He looks for the ‘foolish’ (those who are foolish enough to receive and believe His Word) in order to impart them with His wisdom and make nonsense of the wisdom of the world.
You need to have more value for the grace of God in your life because those who do not appreciate the place of grace end up in disgrace. Paul the apostle wrote more about grace than all the other apostles, because compared to them, he was the ‘the least’. He said, ”…I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Cor 15:9-11 NIV).
In order to operate beyond the realms of human smartness, skill and intelligence, you need to exceed your size. And this is only possible with the grace of God. Grace is the size of God. When you have grace you have God and whatever cannot stop God will never be able to stop you. Pray that the grace of God will not fail you, all the days of your life, in Jesus name.
Mediate on these: Ecclesiastes 9:11, Zechariah 4:6-7
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