The abundant life is not something we’re going to live by our own effort.
We can make an effort by doing certain things to put ourselves in a better position to live an abundant life: be born again, filled with and pray in the Holy Spirit, study God’s Word, be in church and develop friendships with believers. However, none of these enable us to live the abundant life.
If we depend on anything other than grace to lead us to abundance, we will live in continual frustration. Grace is the only thing that empowers us to live the God-kind of life.
“But God’s grace has made me what I am, and his grace to me was not wasted. I worked harder than all the other apostles. But it was not I really; it was God’s grace that was with me,” 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NCV)
Paul recognizes that his entire life is dependent on God’s grace.
He even sees that all of his hard work would be impossible without God. This should be our goal in our relationship with God: to see that everything we are and everything we have would be impossible without grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them,” Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)
We begin to live the abundant life the moment we are born again.
These verses show us that our salvation is a result of the gift of God’s grace. It not only raises us to new life with Christ, it also give us everything we need to walk in the good works God has prepared for us.
Believing this will bring us peace in manifesting abundance, because we will take all the pressure off of ourselves. We’ll know that our blessing is not about our good works or our social standing or anything else. It’s all about God’ grace. This is exactly how God wants us to live, completely dependent on Him and His grace.