Common Grace or Grace That We All Share In Common.
Ephesians 4:7 But unto EVERY ONE of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Each and every one of us is given grace that is common to all of us. It is the common portion measured off to all of us. This measure of grace is as infinite as the measure of the gift of Christ. The measure He had was enough to enable Him to die for us and taste death for every man. God spared nothing in measuring out the grace of Christ.
We all have a common standing in grace.
Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
We have a common access to the throne of grace.
Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into his grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
We are all given the same common salvation, healing, victory, deliverance, acceptance, sonship, spiritual blessing, Holy Spirit, and promises.
All of us have a common anointing abiding within.
All of us have a common deposit of the fruit of the spirit.
We have all been given the same grace to be full of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance. This makes us sufficient in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distresses.
We all have the same grace to be able to obey the general commands of Scripture: obey the Bible, read, study, pray, and witness. It is grace that is common and makes us equal. All these were a provision of grace given, in common, to all.
Uncommon Grace or Grace That Makes Us Different.
Ephesians 4:11, And he gave SOME, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.
Paul had grace to enable him to be an Apostle. That grace we have can be exhibited in visible ways and perceived by others. Paul was an apostle by grace as stated in Romans 1:5. Paul referred to this special, uncommon grace in Romans 15:15, 16; 1Corinthians 3:10; and Philippians 1:7. Are all apostles? No. Are all prophets? No. Are all Evangelists? No. Are all Pastors? No. Are all Teachers? No. Do not try to imitate others but just be faithful to the grace given and God will bless.
Uncommon Grace Among All Believers
Romans 12:4-6, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office (function): So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members, one of another. HAVING THEN GIFTS (gifts of grace) DIFFERING according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.”
Every Believer has an office, function, or place that they are set in the Body for (1Corinthians 12:18), and every Believer has grace for this place. All of us have grace to function in some way, but not always the same way. It is an uncommon measure. That grace in us is what moves us and motivates us toward certain functions of service over others. We should not seek the ministry of another, but let grace impart to us a ministry and do not go beyond the measure of grace given us.
This simply reinforces this principle: God never calls the equipped – God equips the called. We never have to try to imitate others or compare with others. Of course, we should make ourselves available to serve wherever needed as situations and times demand. We should major, though, on functioning where we are gifted or graced because it will be in the area of our spiritual strengths.
Since all Christians are given gifts of grace for service (Romans 12:6) and no one is given grace to sit or to do nothing. Grace supplies divine motivation and energy to do work for God in the Earth. It is described as the working of God in Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” and similarly in Hebrews 13:21, “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” This working energy is for a purpose which is for doing the work of the ministry.