Partner with the Holy Spirit for a grace foundation!
1 Corinthians 3:10-11
‘By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.’
The Holy Spirit is so wonderful; he will not put pressure on us, and he doesn’t desire to dictate our lives in the name of his ‘will’, but rather he gently leads us, he desires to partner with us! What a truth! The mighty Spirit of God desires to partner and co-labour with us! Don’t ever relegate yourself to someone to be ‘used’ by God! God himself has called you worthy, seated you in heavenly places, and declared that you get to work with him, not for him!
The purpose of Salvation calls us to rest, to be settled in our union with Christ. Then, out of play and rest, we are invited to partner with Jesus and, out of our rest, see the Kingdom manifest on earth! However, in the attempt to see greatness, many forget the first bit; many get so busy trying to ‘win the world for Jesus’ that they forsake their first love, they forsake rest and play! One of the main things the Holy Spirit wants to partner with us in is in the laying of a grace foundation! It is imperative that all believers have a foundation of grace for their lives; a gospel-centric, Christocentric foundation for their entire lives. Grace is holistic; because the finished works of Jesus are for every area of our lives. Although, many are actually living from a ‘pick ‘n mix’ foundation; many believers have little bits of grace, accompanied by dollops of law, with shreds of self-effort, accompanied by a pessimistic outlook! But the Holy Spirit remains faithful, wooing us into grace, desiring to partner with us to build a grace foundation!
Paul worked with the Holy Spirit to build grace foundations in the lives of believers and churches. Firstly Paul states that he was building with what he had received – GRACE! (Remember that grace is the message of the finished works of Jesus, the imparted reality of unmerited favour, and the power of God unto Salvation etc.) Secondly he says he is an expert builder; grace enabled Paul to efficiently declare the gospel! And lastly Paul said that the only true foundation is grace, Mr Grace himself, in fact – Jesus! Paul said that no other foundation should be laid, Jesus is enough! It is this foundation which the Holy Spirit desires to co-labour with in laying! Today, let’s rest in the love of our great Daddy God, and let’s allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the mystery of the gospel of grace!