Numbers 11:29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!"
I have often said that God blesses us that we might be a blessing to others. If there is a reason why this is hard for us to understand, it is because it is unlike everything else in the world. In the world, the way you get rich is to keep all that you have. In the world the way to get rich is to have money, because if you have money you can use money to make more money. In the world there is a limited amount of wealth, governments can always print more money, but the only thing that creates is inflation.
The reason why we canít understand the grace of God is because it is infinite, there is an unlimited amount of the grace of God. Infact there is no sin that is so great that Jesus blood hasnít earned for it forgiveness. This means that while Peter who denied the Lord 3 times was forgiven, Judas could have been forgiven too, if he had only believed. Every bad person that has ever existed, even Hitler, could have been forgiven, thatís how big the grace of God is. What kind of grace - well letís here the scripture speak, of Godís abundant grace:
[ROM 5:17] If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
[EPH 2:7-8] that ... he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God --
We stand in grace, because God has poured out this grace upon us, covered us in grace, and it is this grace of God that has worked in us to make us a new creation, that has forgiven us our sins, that assures us of life everlasting, that gives us the peace of God that passes all understanding. And so God has brought to us the good news of salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ. But this is not just something in which we stand, as though for all time we will remain the same, that is, bystanders. (Someone once remarked that you can tell the pillars of the church, they are always leaning against the wall, certainly they must be the ones who are holding the wall up.) But grace is something in which we donít just stand, but we keep on growing
[2PE 3:18] But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We grow in faith because this is the will of God for us, for once we have received the gift of salvation, God calls us to work with him to extend his kingdom that all may hear, believe and be saved.
[2CO 4:15] so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving,
Stewardship is about using the grace God has given you.
[1PE 4:10] each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's grace
All of this brings us back to our lesson, and to the wonderful prayer of Moses, that God would pour out his spirit upon all people, that all Godís people might be prophets, that is to tell the wonderful things that God has done.
In Pentecost, God poured out his spirit upon the church. In baptism not only do the waters wash away all our sins, but God again pours out his spirit, upon us. From our lesson we learn that not only has God given us the salvation we need, but a salvation we can share, and the way we grow in faith, is by giving away the grace with which God has blessed us. Godís grace is poured out on us so abundantly, that we can give his grace to everyone we meet, and always have more than enough for ourselves.
You see, Godís grace really is a cornucopia, a horn of plenty, and the more you take from it the more it pours out.