Within every well functioning system there are roles and responsibilities.
The body of Christ is the ultimate system and thus should function as such.
As Christians, we have a role in advancing the kingdom of Heaven and each role comes with responsibilities.
Daily, we are all recipients of grace, but the economy of grace is much more than simply receiving.
The economy of grace is God’s presence in our lives producing in us and through us, the strength and wisdom needed each day to use the gifts he has given us to fulfill his purpose and the needs of the communities we live and serve in.
Paul comes to mind when I think about a well functioning economy of grace. If we think about the grace that he received after spending so much time persecuting the church. His salvation and how he spent the rest of his life reasoning with men and women, sharing Jesus and all of the benefits of him. Traveling the world. Testifying to his own shortcomings, but choosing to keep others from the same path.
That’s the economy of grace.
The grace that we experience daily should consume us and produce fruits so bountiful that it inevitably affects the lives of others.
What role do you have in the economy of grace? What are its responsibilities?
1 Peter 4:8-11
“ Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”