The Hub of Grace
1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 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. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
A hub is the central part of a wheel, as that part into which the spokes are inserted.
A center around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, authority, commerce, transportation, etc.
Grace enables, empowers, and gathers everything else. Grace is the hub of all fruitful and authentic Christian activity. God’s grace is not just a nice word. Grace is a virtue and a power at work on the inside of believers in Christ.
Grace is intrinsic, not extrinsic. Intrinsic means: Belonging to the essential nature of a thing: occurring as a natural part of something.
The various insights, mandates, and blessings mentioned in this text are all connected through the Grace of God.
Grace is multi-facited. It is multi-functional. It has variety within unified purpose. Grace is a hub for your life
Psalms 46:1 reads, “God is our refuge and strength, avery present help in trouble.”
The Apostle Paul discovered grace as a hub and learned to live by it.
2 Corinthians 12:7, And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
What Paul learned and taught us:
- We all have burdens and weakness that keep us humble
- Grace is sufficient. God does not say “no” to help. He trains us to find help His way
- Strength comes out of weakness. If you cannot admit to your weakness, you will not become stronger.
- Embrace the trouble or weakness, then receive God’s answer and strength
- “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”