Romans 12:6 (NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith
We have seen here that grace is not just ‘unmerited favor’ but also the power of God at work in those who believe. We have also seen that grace can be multiplied through the knowledge of God(2 Peter 1:2); we can grow in grace(2 Peter 3:18). It is through the spiritual substance called grace that a believer casts out demons and walks in the miraculous.
When we say someone is an apostle or a prophet, for example, that person has the Apostolic grace or the Prophetic grace. We have gifts differing according to the grace of Christ that we have received(see Ephesians 4:6).
Grace can be likened to electricity. It is like the spiritual electricity that powers things. Spiritual gifts can be likened to appliances and electronics that are powered with electricity(grace).
Because these appliances are gifts it means they are received freely. A person can believe in Jesus today and receive a spiritual gift today, depending on the circumstances and who ministered the gospel to him(see Acts 10:44-46). Spiritual gifts are usually received through impartation (2 Timothy 1:6, Romans 1:11). This happens when one comes in contact with a minister who operates those gifts. Spiritual gifts are also received when believers desire and ask the Lord for them (see 1 Corinthians 13:31).
Grace, on the other hand, is multiplied through our knowledge of God. The more we know God, the more His grace would be multiplied in our lives. The more sanctified we are, the closer to God we would become, and the more His grace would be present in our lives.
The interesting fact is that it is possible for a believer to have great grace, and have no spiritual gifts that give expression to the grace upon his life. It doesn’t mean the believer is not a ranking person in heaven(and this has its indisputable merits), it just means that the believer may not be as profitable as he would have been if he had spiritual gifts that were giving expression to the great grace he has received because of his robust relationship with the Lord. The ability to cast out demons is not a spiritual gift, it is a function of this grace we talk about.
It is also possible for a believer to have an abundance of spiritual gifts, but not so much grace because he is not so close to God. This kind of Closeness to God is only possible with those who allow the word of God to sanctify them.
I must point out that the spiritual electricity(grace) required to forgive sins and power a holy life is much greater than is required to walk in spiritual gifts. The missing link for many believers is usually a knowledge gap.
Spiritual Gifts operate in the domain of faith- childlike faith. They are mostly imparted to believers through the Apostolic office, or through the right proximity with believers who walk in them.
Go into today remembering that the power of God empowering you to live a holy life can power any spiritual gift. Desire to walk in spiritual gifts and prayerfully seek impartation of such.
Prayer: Lord, help me grow in grace and walk mightily in your gifts. Amen.
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