Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Having established the availability of full grace for every true believer (John 1:16), let us now consider how to maximise its manifestation in our lives. Paul’s example in the text above is quite instructive.
Firstly, we release abundant grace in our lives WHEN WE HUMBLE OURSELVES. Observe that Paul considers himself “the least of all saints”. As long we think of ourselves more highly than we ought to, we will shackle the power of God within us. For the anointing of God cannot compete with the flesh! Let no flesh glory in His presence (1Co 1:29).
What did Jesus say on the same subject brethren? “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Mat 23:12). Humility is the key. There is too much self aggrandisement, egotism and selfish ambition among us today. That’s how we limit the free flow of the anointing of God in and through us. When will we learn to say with John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease“? (John 3:30).
Secondly, we must ACKNOWLEDGE THE GRACE WITHIN US. We must admit that to be able to do what we do in the kingdom of God is not because we are so special but it is pure grace. We must ascribe all the glory to God. Some believers behave as though they created, saved, called, equipped and commissioned themselves. Not your portion!
When will you say with Paul, “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1Co 15:10)? All that you are and ever will be is owed to the Father of lights from whom every good and prefect gift comes (James 1:17). All your gifts, wit, talents, intelligence, influence, skill, charisma, strength, recognition, health, promotion, success–everything good about you–is only a result of the grace of God. Nothing else. Sola gratia!