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73. Grace not to be in vain.

Can the grace of God be in vain? So says Paul: 'As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.' ( 2 Corinthians 6:1) 'See to it that no one misses the grace of God ....' (Hebrews 12:15) If there is unbelief in our hearts, we will miss out on the grace of God because 'we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.' ( Romans 5:2) When we stand by faith in this grace, the power of God has an effect in us that is evident to all. 'By the grace of God I am what I am and his grace to me was not without effect. I worked harder than the rest - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.' (1 Corinthians 15:10) That would come as a surprise to many Christians because they thought more grace means less work, afterall his favour guarantees us a free run! On the contrary, since he favoured us, his power at work in us enables us to work even harder. 'To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.' (Colossians 1:29) If only the children of believers were told this truth, they would have worked harder and would have been spared from needless disappointments ! They would have been found 'ten times better' than their compatriots! (Daniel 1:20) Infact, many Christian athletes and performers get their inspiration from Paul's famous words: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) What an eloquent testimony about the effect of God's grace! Amen.

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