2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Grace is the “unmerited favor of God.” It is God pouring out His favor upon your life, without you doing anything to earn or deserve that favor.
Favor doesn’t come because of your good works or based on what you have or have not done. Grace is the unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God.
Peter prays for the grace of God to abound toward you – that it will be multiplied toward you! How does the grace of God abound towards me if it is not based on me but God? Well, Peter reveals it’s through the knowledge of God, or specifically the knowledge of who you are in Christ.
That word ‘knowledge’ actually translates – “Intimacy.” It’s through knowing Christ intimately.
It doesn’t come through you laboring or toiling for it. You might have been serving faithfully for years; you might have given some significant finances into the church; you might have sacrificed something for the cause of God but none of these translates into – God will now reciprocate and pour even more grace or favor upon you. “Serving” positions you for fulfilling purpose; “Giving” prepares you for greater harvests; “Sacrifice” builds stronger character… but grace grows through intimacy with Jesus!
The more you understand who Jesus is and who you are in Christ – a child of God, a new creation in Christ, that you are loved and treasured by God. Boom! - that’s what causes the grace to multiply into your life.
How is this abounding grace released into my life?
It’s by meditating and declaring the truth of what you know and understand about yourself in Christ. Every day on the way to work, say:
- God’s favor surrounds me like a shield (Psalm 5:12)
- Through the grace of God, I reign in this life through Christ Jesus (Romans 5:17)
- Through Christ Jesus, I am strengthened… (Philippians 4:13)
- I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus… (Romans 3:22)
Today, in your workplace or at home, declare the favor and grace of God by faith. Carry this belief and knowledge on the inside of “who you are in Christ and that Jesus is the source of all your favor”. When you carry this intimate knowledge and belief, you can expect to receive preferential treatment because you walk in God’s favor. You can expect bad situations to turn around and work out for you. You can expect the very best when you are offered promotions, pay rises, and your general working environment.
Carrying this mindset and personal belief of being highly favored is not something you ‘try and let’s see if it works.’ No. It's a progressive revelation, a lifestyle journey, where you are growing in intimacy with Christ Jesus!