“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” [2 Timothy 2:1]
First and foremost, leaders are admonished to be strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ. According to John 1:14, Christ is the fullness of grace! “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” [John 1:14]. So what does the life of Christ empower us to do, according to Paul’s instructions to Timothy?
This is a “strong grace,” meaning to receive affirmation, confirmation, and manifestation of God’s presence that empowers and equips His people to accomplish the following things:
Receiving is for giving; thus, pass it on so that others can do the same. Endure hardships. Grace is the power to tolerate and carry on through circumstances in victory to the other side. Stay free from the strings of this life. Live with an attitude of objectivity, knowing as the new creation you have been set free! Paul said, “…we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” [Romans 7:6]. Be consistent. Grace empowers consistency because it is established in truth; grace does not flip-flop. Grace is the power of walking in the full inheritance as a joint heir with Jesus Christ: “And, if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” [Romans 8:17]. Grace is the first and last requirement. One touch from Jesus Christ saves, sanctifies, and secures. It is the solution in every circumstance of life.
Further Reading: Romans 7:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:1-13; Galatians 5:1-6