Summary: In God’s grace he has given us gifts and abilities. Let us be fruitful with this grace he has given us.

2 Corinthians 6:1 tells us “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” Grace is defined as unmerited favor. God has given us grace. God has not bestowed favor on us because of our great worthiness. His grace or favor is purely out of His great love.

One way God’s grace is seen is in the gifts and abilities He has given to us. Beyond this, He allows us to work in His Kingdom. He gave us gifts; that is favor. I could have been given none. God lets me work with Him; this is favor. I could have been sidelined.

This verse, however, urges us to be fruitful, lest God’s favor or grace was all for nothing. In His grace he gave us stuff. Will things be better because He gave me gifts? The term “in vain” means to go forth “without success or a result.” I want the grace given to me to produce much fruit. God gave us something. Let’s not waste it.

Are you being a fruitful worker? Are you laboring for Him out of love and gratitude for the grace He has given? Let us march forth today with a renewed commitment to make good on the grace He has given. What unique gifts has He given to you? How has His favor been shown, uniquely to you? You are a one-of-a-kind creation. May we never forget that God wants fruit from His investment.