But by the [remarkable] grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me.
1 Corinthians 15:10 AMP
I pray for you today that you will get a revelation of the power of God’s Grace.
When the Grace of God is at work in a ministry, business, family, or individual, they are outstanding in their results and exert the same amount of effort or even less than others. Still, their output is more significant, better, and sometimes even faster. This is the result of the Grace of God at work on their behalf.
Paul had this same experience. He was outstanding as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus. He wrote more epistles than any of the foundational Apostles of the Lord Jesus ( even though they physically walked with the Lord Jesus); none understood the revelation of the Grace of God like the Apostle Paul. I have done a study of all His letters both to the Churches ( Romans, Ephesians) and individuals like ( Timothy, Titus, and Philemon) He usually starts out with greetings of grace and ends with “The Grace of God be with you.” None of them talked about the Grace of God in their writing, like Apostle Paul.
He attributed His success in ministry and life to the Grace of God “But by the [remarkable] grace of God, I am what I am.” He was boasting and bragging about the power of grace. Notice, He wasn’t lazy and laid back at all. “and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me.\” God does not encourage laziness and slothfulness.
But there is a limitation to the result personal or corporate effort can accomplish. We have some examples of people whose results were amplified by grace.
“Now four men who were lepers were at the entrance of the [city’s] gate, and they said to one another, “Why should we sit here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city’—then the famine is in the city and we will die there; and if we sit still here, we will also die. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Arameans (Syrians). If they let us live, we will live; and if they kill us, we will only die.” So they got up at twilight to go to the Aramean camp. But when they came to the edge of the camp, there was no one there, for the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the sound of chariots, and the sound of horses, the sound of a great army. They had said to one another, “The king of Israel has hired against us, the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come [and fight] against us.” So the Arameans set out and fled during the twilight, and left their tents, horses, and donkeys, even left the camp just as it was, and fled for their lives.
2 Kings 7:3-7 AMP
The effect of the Grace of God when at work is “Supernatural,” i:e the Grace of God provides the “Super” on our “Natural” efforts that make the outcome
The Lord caused the little footsteps of “lepers” to be amplified to the point that they sounded like that of a multitude of chariots, horses, and a great army. You may start a small business with little capital, but when the Grace of God is at work, you will experience great increases and growth. God can cause your suppliers to give you goods on credit or even mind-blowing discounts. He can cause you to make unprecedented progress in your career. He may give you an idea or instruction that will drive your business, career, or ministry to grow in quantum leaps if obeyed.
We have another example of Amplified results.
Now it happened that while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding all around Him and listening to the Word of God, He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore. And He sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].” Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word, I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking, so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish] so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all his companions were completely astounded at the catch of fish which they had taken;
Luke 5:1-9 AMP.
Here we see a classic example of laboring without grace. He spent the entire night ( several hours) and nothing to show for it, but when the Lord gave the Word, he didn’t labor as much “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].” and his results were just Supernatural.
Prayer: Lord, I ask that the workings of your grace be evident in my life and ministry. May my Labour be amplified for supernatural outcomes and results in Jesus’ name. Amen