Let’s continue with the pattern of Grace. Paul, himself, called the action of grace a pattern in 1 Timothy 1:13-16 (TPT): “Mercy kissed me, even though I used to be a blasphemer, a persecutor of believers, and a scorner of what turned out to be true. I was ignorant and didn’t know what I was doing. I was flooded with such incredible grace, like a river overflowing its banks, until I was full of faith and love for Jesus, the Anointed One! I can testify that the Word is true and deserves to be received by all, for Jesus Christ came into the world to bring sinners back to life—even me, the worst sinner of all! Yet I was captured by grace, so that Jesus Christ could display through me the outpouring of his Spirit as a pattern to be seen for all those who would believe in him for eternal life.” 

     Paul details the examination of Grace on his life. That he “used to be” (past) a blasphemer. But he was “captured by grace” (present), so that his life would represent God’s pattern for all who would believe on Christ after Paul did (future). This is a pattern that persists in every work of grace. And the work of grace is essential for us to walk out every plan God has for our lives. Paul tells us that grace not only brings us into salvation, but continues to work in us and for us, to produce fruitful lives…1 Corinthians 15:10 (TPT) “But God’s amazing grace has made me who I am! And his grace to me was not fruitless. In fact, I worked harder than all the rest, yet not in my own strength but God’s, for his empowering grace is poured out upon me.” 

     Notice what Paul says about the grace. That he worked according to that grace, and that grace caused him to work harder than every other apostle. In fact, it was God’s grace on Paul that worked in him and caused him to pen over half of the New Testament. We have more record of Paul’s life and ministry than we do of any one else in the early church. And it wasn’t because Paul was more gifted. He calls himself the least of all the apostles in 1 Corinthians 15:9. It was not because Paul was the most anointed. He called himself the least of all the saints in Ephesians 3:8. It was because Paul perceived the pattern of God’s grace and never stepped outside of it. Ephesians 4:7 tells us that unto every one of us is given grace. So we yield to the pattern of the work of grace by putting our dependency on the God of all grace. He comes, He examines how things have been working, He directs us on how to align with His grace more perfectly, and speaks to us the reward that comes with walking in that grace more abundantly.

Personal Payer Point:

“Father, make me to walk with accuracy in the grace you’ve set apart for my life.”

Scripture to Stand On:

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10 — Acts 20:24 — John 15:4)

Corporate Prayer Point:

“Father, give this ministry, and everyone within it, grace to serve you acceptably. Do not let this ministry step outside of the mandate you’ve placed on us. For in pursuing that mandate, comes the grace to fulfil it.”

Scripture to Stand On:

(Hebrews 12:28 — Ephesians 3:8-10)