“My grace is sufficient” (II Cor. 12:9). I often make the statement, “It seems that Christians are saved by grace but serve by guilt.” Some say, “I go to church because I feel guilty when I don’t.” Your motivation for service should not be guilt but grace. Paul learned during troubled times that God’s grace was sufficient. Later because of grace he said, “I have learned to be content” (II Tim. 4:11). John Newton learned that God’s grace was amazing. God’s grace will always “abound more” than sin, suffering or sacrifice. “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). The word “grace” means the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings as and when needed on the Christian. The English word “sufficient” is misunderstood as it can mean average or acceptable. The Greek word “sufficient” means that there is always more than “enuff” to meet every spiritual need. His “sufficient” grace will always excel and exceed your needs. There is always an unlimited grace that is “sufficient” that can never be exhausted or emptied. No matter how much grace you use, it does not lessen the supply. As a woman looked at the ocean for the first time she said, “Thank God for something where there is enuff.” Enuff is a good southern word that means “it is enough.” For example all mankind can breathe “sufficient” air, but it will not exhaust the inexhaustible supply of oxygen. It is sufficient. So it is with grace, the more grace you receive, the more it abounds and exceeds. God’s unmerited, unearned, and undeserved grace is always “enuff.” It does not matter how much grace is needed, God’s grace can abundantly meet the need. His amazing grace remains unchanged and unlimited. His amazing grace never diminishes or decreases. His grace is faithful, and it never fades or fails. Whatever you face in life, His “sufficient” grace will always be “there” and it will be “enuff.” Take a lesson from Paul and learn that, when you face trials, troubles, and tragedies, God’s grace is sufficient. At this time you may not need grace, but when you do, the Lord promises that He will be “there” and His grace will be sufficient. Have you experienced His “sufficient” grace? Do you need His “sufficient” grace at this time? I recently learned that there is no substitute for the grace, presence and peace of God. May you also learn to be content and know that His grace will always be enuff. His inexhaustible abounding grace will always be sufficient. Thank God for something where there is “enuff.” It is His amazing sufficient grace!
Grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.