In recent times, there has been a greater awareness of the benefits of healthy living and fitness. It is therefore not unusual to see people running, jogging, or walking in a park, stadium or even along the sidewalks of streets and roads. On a good day (the weather permitting), if you take a little time to observe people in their pursuit of fitness, you will notice that they move at different paces. You may see the
athlete training for a marathon timing their pace and moving really quickly, sprinting even. You may also see those trying to lose some weight and therefore not moving too quickly. There may also be people of different ages, with different levels of stamina and fitness. In essence, you will see people moving at different speeds depending on their capacity.
One day, while I was out in a park running, I made a similar observation as described above. I noted particularly an elderly woman circling the park. She appeared to have some difficulty walking, but using a walking stick she hobbled along. For each round (circling the park) that she completed, I ran at least 3 times following the same course. I admitted her determination to stay active. I was still running when she finished and made her way to her parked car. A couple of minutes later, I looked up to see her car go whizzing past on the road. And it hit me!
When she was walking along as I ran, our individual speeds were determined by each one’s capacity. For her, the limitations of age, weight, and perhaps illness made her movement pretty slow. But once she got into her car, how quickly she moved became a function of the ability of the car and not her. Her age, disability, weight, and fitness level did not in any way limit her speed. And it is just like that with grace.
On our own, each person is limited by individual shortcomings, circumstances, past mistakes, status, what we have, who we are, etc. But in Christ, grace abounds towards us. No longer are we held back by our limitations as individuals, but grace in operation enables us to do and be much more than we could on our own. Knowing this, let the grace of God not be in vain . . . let’s take advantage of it.
In a nutshell: The grace of God is divine enablement that enables us to function beyond the limits of our human ability. By grace we can be more and more like Christ, and able to do things that we ordinarily would not be able to given our limitations. Let’s access grace . . . and use it!
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. [1 Corinthians 15:9-10; NKJV]
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 12:16; NKJV]
To do: Some introspection - In what area(s) of your life have you allowed your personal shortcomings, past mistakes, background, etc. limit you? Ask God for grace in that area and see His divinity break off the limits imposed by your humanity.