I learned this definition of grace years ago and I believe it’s a good one. Grace is God’s willingness to use His power and ability on our behalf, even though we don’t deserve it.
He Can and He Will
2 Peter 1:2 says, “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Most believers have no problem believing that God can do something. The issue for them lies in whether or not they believe that He will do it for them. However, if you consider the definition of grace, and this verse from second Peter, then we can see that God’s willingness is actually multiplied toward you as you grow in the knowledge of God.
Remember Romans 10:17 told us that faith comes from hearing the Word. Also remember that John 1:14 showed us that Jesus is the Word. As you grow in the knowledge of the Word, and of Christ, you will grow in the grace of God. Your faith will then become more effective as you hear the Word and gain knowledge of God. As you gain knowledge of who God is, you will begin to understand His heart and will for you. The more you know His willingness to act on your behalf, the more the His power is multiplied in your life.
Let’s also consider Romans 10:8, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we proclaim).” God hasn’t given your pastor, or some other great minister, more faith than you. He has given each one of us the same faith. Some believers seem to have more faith because they have developed it further. They are therefore able to walk in what seems to be higher levels of grace. God is just as willing to move on your behalf as He is anyone else’s, but you will walk in greater levels of that grace as the knowledge of Him is increased in your life. You have to see that faith is like a seed; it only grows when you plant and water it (Luke 17:5-6).
The Same Measure of Faith
Many believers think everyone has more faith then they do, however, according to scripture, we have all been given the same amount. Romans 12:3 states, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
Did you see that each one of us has been given a measure of faith? God didn’t give one guy fourteen measures, and another guy six, and you only one. He gave us all the same measure of faith; the measure of faith to attain all that we need in our assignment on earth. We’ve all been given the same Word of God. Each one of us is responsible to study and apply that Word to our lives. As we do, we mature the faith that we have been given.