By pastor obiageli igboanugo
Paul Said in Galatian 2:21 KJV
“‘I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Is it possible to frustrate the grace of God? frustrating the grace of God is like being in a place, situation or condition of stagnation, where things are not moving forward and we are suffering like people in the world. It is therefore possible to frustrate the grace of God because in our modern society today we find a lot of people in this state of stagnation. God has given us gifts as a part of his grace, gifts of which we are accountable for, each gift specifically tailored to fit our personalities and every gift differs.
Before we move any further, what is grace? Grace according to Webster's dictionary is the free unmerited love and favor of GOD, the spring and source of all benefits men receive from God. Therefore, the gifts are part of the benefits of his grace upon us.
Ephesians 4:7says, “But unto every one of us is given the grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”
The bible tells us that, there is no person alive today who has not been given the grace of God, the grace of God first begins to manifest the moment we receive salvation. Everything that has been bestowed upon us is as a result of the grace of GOD. Salvation is all about grace, everything that God gives us is all about grace because it is unmerited, we don’t strive for it, it was given because of God’s goodness and love for us.
Are we accountable for the gifts given to us by GOD? Must we use these God given gifts? Being accountable in this sense is to be liable for our conduct while in possession of these God given gifts. So are we liable for these gifts the parable of the sower has an answer for us;
Mark 4:3-9 Says,
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
If you go through the above bible passage you will discover that Jesus always says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The hearing Jesus refers to isn’t just the physical hearing of the word, we all can hear , it actually refers to obeying the word and inclining ones self to receiving the word with an open heart.
The seed in the parablelike the word of God is perfect, incorruptible and thus will germinate and produce fruit provided the conditions are right. From the parable the word of God is not the variable because his word is perfect the bible says in Acts10:34 “God is no respecter of persons”, therefore his word respects no man” , so whenever his word is used it will spring forth and geminate automatically. The variable here from the parable are the different types of soil that the seed is planted .The soil in this case represents the state of our hearts . In the parable only 25% of the seeds germinated and the remaining75% were destroyed and still within the 25% the magnitude of growth was spread 30%, 60% and 100% .This thus tells us that we determine to which soil we would grow in other words what is the nature of our hearts is there evil in your heart or does your heart breed Goodness.
Mark 4:23-25 says,
“23. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24. And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
According to the book of mark we are therefore accountable for our actions, when we put in effort to grow closer to God we will be rewarded. The book of James 4:8 says “draw near to God and he will draw near to you” it didn’t say God draws to you first, you as a child of God need to put the effort to draw closer to God first and he will draw closer to you. We basically determine the measures to which we are blessed by how much effort we put in to draw closer to God. And the bible also says , if we don't use what you are giving, you are in danger of losing even that you have. And it's a very sobering thought, because in the worldly system it is take from the person that has more to equalize and that is how the world works, take from the rich, give to the poor, the poor, that are not doing anything. God's system is different, God expects you to produce according to the gifts and callings he has put in your life. God doesn’t expect you to give more than he has given you.
The earth like the heart is made to grown whatever is sown into it, Unfortunately, this will work both positively and negatively. The growth works subconsciously, if we continue to sow garbage in our heart garbage will be produced, likewise if we sow the word of God into your heart we will reap the fruit of life. The question now is what are you planting in your heart ?!, what are you listening to?!,And it's very important the things we sow in our hearts. if I'm listening to the Word of God day and night what happens automatically is my faith increases. the book of Romans 10:17 says “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. one of the problems with our society today is we give energy to a lot of negativity, we idolize and listen to music with a lot of swear and curse words, pornography etc. when all these enter the heart it will only yield negativity and evil. We then begin to notice things change, you begin to struggle to go to church, everything becomes harder etc. We then begin to question God. So, the real question today for Christians is what are we feeding your heart?
Matthew 25:14-30 tells us about the parable of the talents, here we see that whatever gifts we are given we are to multiply, be fruitful and produce. you are not expected to produce more than your given but to be accountable. From the parable the servant who was given five talents multiplied his talents by 100%, and when his master found out what he has done he congratulated and rewarded him. This shows that when you are fruitful with what God has invested in you, you will surely be reward. The second servant, though given only two talents was able to double the talents and he was also congratulated and rewarded telling us that When we are faithful with the little that God has given to us, when we use to full potential our gifts no matter how small God is going to promote and reward us ,God promises. The bible tells us that the third servant filled with fear dug a hole in the ground and put his gifts, his perception of his master firstly was his master is harsh and merciless. Many Christians today are like this third servant ,they are overcome with fear never able to accomplish their true potential because they are afraid to fail or be laughed at and thus remain stagnant. If you read further into the passage you will see that the master ordered the servant who wasn’t fruitful to give his talents to the first servant who doubled his gifts. And in Verse Matthew 25:29 “ For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” You are therefore accountable for the gifts God has given you and you will give a report on how these gifts are being used. So it doesn’t matter what gifts you have, whether you are a cleaner ,under traffic control or even in the information technology department, use your gift to serve God wholly and full heartedly and you will be reward. And to those who refuse to use their gifts be aware that these gifts can be taken from you and given to another. But that will not be our portion in Jesus Name. Amen