My husband and I watched Pastor Joseph Prince on TV the other day and he made the comment that Grace = supply and The Law = demand. I began asking God to help me understand what this meant and as I was in prayer about Grace = supply and The Law = demand, God brought Matthew 6:33 to my mind.
Matthew 6:33 Amplified Version33 But seek ( aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ( His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
I think Matthew 6:33 is one of my most favorite scriptures in the Bible. It basically tells us how we can live abundant lives spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally here on earth. All we have to do is seek first His Kingdom and His way of doing and being right and he will take care of all of the other “stuff”.
As I was pondering this verse today during my prayer and quiet time, God brought a parable that I’ve read and heard so many times that I don’t always pay attention to it. It is the Parable of the Talents. Now in Bible days the word talent actually meant a coin or a sum of money, not the ability to tap dance or sing. Below is the parable in the New Living Translation that refers to the talents as bags of gold.
Matt 25:14-30 New Living Translation 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a trip. He called together his servants and gave them money to invest for him while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of gold to one, two bags of gold to another, and one bag of gold to the last — dividing it in proportion to their abilities — and then left on his trip. 16 The servant who received the five bags of gold began immediately to invest the money and soon doubled it. 17 The servant with two bags of gold also went right to work and doubled the money. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of gold dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money for safekeeping. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of gold said, ‘Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 21 The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “Next came the servant who had received the two bags of gold, with the report, ‘Sir, you gave me two bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 23 The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of gold came and said, ‘Sir, I know you are a hard man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You think I’m a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn’t plant and gathering crops I didn’t cultivate? 27 Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest. 28 Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Now remember, I was asking God to be able to understand that Grace = Supply and The Law = Demand. God told me that the guys with the 5 bags of gold and the 2 bags of gold had an expectation that their money was going to increase because they understood and were operating in Grace which equals supply. These two people understood the Kingdom principle of seeking first God’s Kingdom and His way of doing and being right…which is grace…which is in turn equals supply. The Master handed them supply right off the bat and then they realized that as they operated in grace the only result would be an increase of supply! Their supply could only increase under grace!
The guy with the 1 bag of gold was operating in fear or in The Law which equals demand. He had the Law’s understanding of the Master , which made him see his Master as a hard, demanding man, so he hid the bag of gold so that he would know for sure he could return all of the money his Master had given him upon his Master’s return. If he had understood grace, the man with the 1 bag of gold would have been excited to put the bag of gold to work knowing that grace = supply. The man with the 1 bag of gold even admitted that his Master would reap where He had not even sown…which is the grace blessing. Living under The Law brought destruction to this man and the wealth that he had been given was given to the one who had 10 bags of gold? That doesn’t seem fair you say. Why should the man who already has 10 bags of gold get another bag of gold! Because the more Grace you walk in the greater your reward! The Master knew he could count on the man with the 10 bags of gold to bring increase to the other bag of gold because he was operating in full grace.
What has Jesus, our Master put in your hands? Little becomes much when you choose to operate in Grace = Supply! Ask God what to do with that dollar/ten dollars/thousand dollars in your hand. Don’t have any money? Ask God what you can do. God’s Kingdom is a Kingdom of Increase! The Bible tells us to occupy until He comes…that means do something in His Grace.
Becky Cain : )