The people often wondered where Jesus’ authority and wisdom had its source. We do not wonder about this in regards to Jesus as we know that it comes from His union with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We know that since Jesus is God he has an unlimited store of blessings and graces upon which to draw in His ministry. The Good News is that we have access to that store through faith in Him! What I find myself often wondering is how do I practically access this wonderful store on a regular basis.

There is no doubt in my mind that God wants us to draw from His storehouse of blessings, however, this is possible only if we are living according to His will. The graces that God offers us are not for sale to the highest bidder, they are for the express purpose of proclaiming the Good News of salvation to the ends of the earth. The saints are easily able to draw from this wealth as their lives are committed to this goal. It is not that they have earned any right to them, they are gifts from God, but that their disposition of life makes it such that God’s grace finds it easy to work t\with their goals and intentions as their hearts and minds have been fully captured by the vision of the Kingdom of God.

Herein lies our challenge, to surrender ourselves to the will of God in such a way that working and living for His Kingdom becomes the governing force in our lives. It is only then that we will be fully disposed towards the reception of all of the graces on offer to us from God. This is normally the work of a lifetime, that is, we cannot expect it to happen over night. There will be trials and suffering; times of learning and relearning the heart and mind of the Lord for His people; there will be moments of grace when we advance in holiness rapidly as well as times when we seem to be in a spiritual desert or wasteland. In all of these it is important that we make the same response, namely to trust in God and move forward as best as we can in accordance with His will! Rome was not built in a day, nor was any of the life of a saint! We cannot expect life to be too easy either!

Do I tend to rely upon my own strengths and talents rather than placing my total trust in the Lord? How can I grow in trust of His will for me?

Holy Spirit, you have inspired, strengthened and gifted many throughout the world in the work of the Kingdom of God. I pray that you will work with me in my desire to serve God so that He will get the best out of me in terms of my service of the Gospel.