KEY SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 1:5 KJV” Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”.
All that we have discussed about grace can be described as general grace. This is the kind of grace that our Father God expresses to every child of His. There is another kind of grace, known as a special grace. This is a special calling with unique giftings and abilities pertaining to that particular calling or office. We find such people throughout the Bible. No one calls himself or herself into a special grace. The scriptures describe it this way:” So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Rom 9:16
As Romans 9:16 puts it, this is God’s own prerogative and no one must boast about it or be envious of one who have certain unique gifts and abilities. This grace is deposited in an individual to serve mankind. No one must act bossy over others because he or she has been adorned with unique gifts. 1Corinth 12:7 KJV” But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal”. Gifts are divine packages not mainly for the bearer but others. You are a faithful bearer of that grace if you bless lives with it. If everyone would have to bow to you, then there is a problem.
On the flip side, people who you have been sent to, must honor that grace upon your life. They must accept the man or woman as God’s gift sent to them to play a special role in their lives. If they fail to honour that grace, they would not be blessed with that gift.(In honoring the grace the man must be honored) The people in Jesus’ hometown were not blessed by His powerful ministry, because they did not honor the special grace he carried (Mark 6:5). The relationship is reciprocity. The servant of God must humble himself towards God, and be ready to serve the people, with that special grace. In the vice versa, the people must honor the grace or anointing upon him or her. In this way all parties would definitely be blessed.
Father, I pray for all servants of God with special callings or graces. I pray that they would be very effective in their work. I pray that they would fulfill their ministry to your glory.
Mark 6:4, 5KJV” But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
1 Corinth 15:10 KJV “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”.