2Corinthians 13:14— “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” is actually a familiar scripture that I want to encourage us to meditate on as the year draws to a close. It highlights three basic ingredients that will guarantee a stress free, productivity laden, satisfying life.
Grace is unmerited, unearned, undeserved favour. It is not something we can work to obtain. God gave us grace (His empowerment) to live successfully on this earth. Grace is that which makes you run where others walk and fly where others run. It makes a man function without stress and enable him to achieve goals with ease. When grace speaks for a man, he surpasses expectations and succeeds even beyond his own wildest dreams. People marvel at the unction upon his life because grace provides the necessary leverage that multiplies his efforts and produces exceeding results. It is also an enablement that gives us the ability not to sin when we are presented with opportunities to do so. Grace is only available through faith in Jesus Christ, which is why we must be in Him if we want to partake of God’s grace. I see grace working for us in 2014 and beyond in Jesus name.
God is love. Love is the ultimate proof of discipleship— John 13:35. It brings favour and sets a man apart. No one attribute of God is any more important than any other, and all His attributes are expressed in conjunction with each other. Yet most people, especially in the light of 1Corinthians 13, believe that love may be the most powerful motivating force in all of God’s being. It deeply affects everything else God is and all that He does. Knowing God’s love could well be the believer’s key to a well-balanced, satisfying life of peace, productivity, and power. His love is sacrificial, unconditional, tried and true. Knowing the God of love can help to make us more loving and giving persons. Not only will getting to know Him more intimately cause us to become more like Him, but resting secure in the assurance that He loves us will keep us from making demands of others and free us to reach out unselfishly and minister to them for their benefit alone.
The communion of the Holy Spirit is also a key factor especially for Christians that want to succeed and make great impact in life. Apart from being the comforter that Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit also orders the steps of a man and steer him towards fulfilling destiny. He lives in us, leads us to repentance and gives us new life, teaches us and leads us through the Scriptures, prayer and other Christians. He is the Spirit of wisdom, helping us look at choices with confidence, love and self-control. The Spirit circumcises our hearts, seals us and sanctifies us, setting us apart for God’s purpose (Romans 2:29; Ephesians 1:14). He produces in us love and the fruit of righteousness (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 5:9; Galatians 5:22-23). Even when we don’t know how or what to pray for, the Holy Spirit also intercedes on our behalf and keeps us from praying amiss. What a sure path to a glorious life!
As we plan and navigate 2014, we need to open ourselves up to the movement of God’s Spirit. We need to release the power of the Spirit in our individual and corporate lives. We need to restore the Holy Spirit to His vital role as God’s energizer in all our efforts. God’s love should be the pilot of all our actions and intentions. It should practically guide our everyday lives as these would enable us flow in limitless grace and enjoy astounding success all the way!