In addition to making sure that you do not let the spirit of pride get a foothold into your mind and in your thinking in reference to the grace that God can give you – these next two verses will now give us another major revelation that we really have to watch out for. These next two verses are telling us that we should not “receive the grace of God in vain.”
According to some of the different Bible Dictionaries, the word “vain” is defined as:
Useless, conceited, empty, to-no-end, nothingness, unreliability, worthless, idle, hollow, fruitless, futile, unprofitable
Once you really start to enter into a full-surrendered, power walk with the Lord where His divine power and grace is flowing through you mightily to accomplish everything that He is wanting you to accomplish for Him in this life, one of the other traps that you really have to watch out for is to make sure that you do not ever start to take His grace for granted or end up letting it be received in vain.
Here are the two verses giving us this piece of revelation from the Lord:
- “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (2 Corinthians 6:1)
- “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
Notice Paul says in this second verse that the grace that God gave him ended up not being in vain. In other words, Paul used and worked with the grace that God was giving him, and as a result, he accomplished all of his divine assignments for the Lord and became one of the greatest apostles in all of the New Testament!
Notice Paul says that he “labored more abundantly than they all.” This key phrase is telling us that Paul was using and working with the grace that God was giving him as compared to some of the other Christians who were probably doing nothing or very little with the grace that God was wanting to give to them.
Too many Christians are sitting in the dugout refusing to get into the real game of life with the Lord.
God can give you the baseball bat – which represents His gifts, grace, and power – but you have to be willing to step out of the dugout and get up to the plate and use the power of that bat to hit the ball.
If you do not, then all of God’s gifts, grace, and power that He was wanting to give to you in the first place will all end up being wasted, and you will end up receiving His grace in vain since you did absolutely nothing with the grace that He had initially given to you – just like Paul is perfectly describing in these two Scripture verses.
Paul was very quick to see that some of God’s people were receiving the grace of God in vain because they were not fully utilizing it like what he was doing.
How many gifted, born-again vessels are just sitting in the dugouts and doing absolutely nothing with the grace and power that God already has residing in them through the Holy Spirit?
As Christians, we have to realize that God has a perfect plan and destiny for each person that will fully surrender to it. And in that perfect plan and destiny is all of God’s grace and power that you will ever need to fully accomplish all of your divine assignments for Him. God’s grace is all there for the taking for those who are smart enough to grab a hold of it and are willing to work with Him on it.
As the above definitions are telling you – you will end up becoming fruitless, empty, unprofitable, and hollow in the eyes of the Lord if you fail to fulfill the divine destiny and purpose that He has already set up for you to enter into before you were even born into your mother’s womb.
This is part of our series on the Grace of God, you can read the rest here,
An Introduction to the “Understanding The Grace Of God”
1. We Are Saved by “Grace” Through Faith in Jesus Christ
2. Grace is the Power and Ability of God Operating Through Us
3. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Grace
4. The Grace of God Was Upon Jesus Christ
5. The Grace of God Was Upon the Apostle Paul
6. Let Your Speech Always Be With Grace
7. Do Not Abuse the Grace of God
8. Stay Humble With the Grace That God Will Give You
9. Do Not Receive the Grace of God in Vain
10. Continue in the Grace of God
11. How to Receive the Grace of God