2Tim. 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Be strong in grace!!! Paul is describing something supernatural at its very nature. Be strong, endunamoo, or be infused with the power of God. In Paul’s letter to his spiritual son Timothy he is literally prophesying or proclaiming the possibility of receiving infused strength. There are a number of ways we can be strengthened by the Lord. We can be infused with power by soaking in His presence. We can also receive His power through the laying on of hands or by receiving the power of God in a sermon. Spiritual gifts such as prophesy, a word of wisdom, or a word of knowledge can also infuse us with divine power. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“Christ has grace without measure in Himself, but He hath not retained it for Himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ emptied out His grace for His people. “Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” He seems only to have in order to dispense to us. He stands like the fountain, always flowing, but only running in order to supply the empty pitchers and the thirsty lips which draw nigh unto it. Like a tree, He bears sweet fruit, not to hang on boughs, but to be gathered by those who need. Grace, whether its work be to pardon, to cleanse, to preserve, to strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore, is ever to be had from Him freely and without price; nor is there one form of the work of grace which He has not bestowed upon His people.”
So let’s get our eyes on our heavenly High Priest. We can come boldly before the throne of grace and find grace in our time of need. After all, didn’t John say grace and truth are in Him? He also said that we have received fullness of grace from the Lord. And what about grace upon grace? It’s as if we receive measure after measure of supernatural empowerment from the presence of the Lord.
So what kind of challenges are you facing today? Are you overwhelmed by obstacles to the dreams the Lord has given you? Are you facing discouraging situations in your family or personal life? Or maybe you are in need of healing in your body. So let’s receive from Paul’s exhortation, “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”.