3. The abundance of grace allows me to prosper mentally, physically and financially.
Back to our key verse, Romans 5:17… the Apostle Paul said that those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness [will] reign in life. Joseph Prince has often said, “it’s hard to reign in life broke and flat-on-your back all the time.” Even Solomon said that through wisdom a house is built (Proverbs 24:3). James even tells us that if you lack wisdom God will give it to you (James 1:5).
Not only can we derive from the scriptures that we can prosper mentally, physically and financially… but if I was to remove this from my list of seven things… the other six would ultimately lead me to being able to prosper. Think about how much the removal of stress alone could play into your prospering.
Now, I know this is the point where all you “money sensitive people” are going to stop reading… but I’ll continue for everyone else’s sake. (I am smiling when I say this… so be nice!)
4. With and abundance of grace I can use my natural ability above my natural capacity.
The best way I can explain this is with an example.
Michael Jackson was probably one of the most gifted performers of our age. Right before his death he was preparing to do a highly anticipated comeback concert series called This Is It. Sadly, we never got to see him perform this.
When tickets went on sale for This Is It, they sold out within minutes. So AEG (the concert promoter) started adding more dates. I think the final number of shows scheduled ended up being forty nights.
Then people started wondering can Michael do 40 concerts in a row? No one wondered if he was gifted enough to put on an incredible show… but with his obvious frailty and the fact that he had just turned 50, was he strong enough to do it?
So, the gift could be equated to quality, but the capacity could be equated to quantity.
With an abundance of grace, I have found the my capacity is much greater… because I am able to lean on the One who has infinite capacity. Now, I’m not saying I can perform my gifts infinitely… that absurd! But the fact is, between my natal capacity and infinite capacity is more capacity than I had when I started!
Through God’s grace… the gift that has been given by grace (Romans 12:6) is being multiplied by grace!