Have you ever wondered what is the difference between you and Pastor Adeboye, or Bishop David Oyedepo, or Pastor David Yonggi Cho and the likes of them? Well, here is the answer...
There is something about our Great God; "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and ... compassion on whom I will have compassion (Rom 9:15); GRACE!!! The great difference between Christians is in level of Grace.
Grace signifies the unmerited operation of God in the heart of man, effected through the agency of the Holy Spirit. It is in reality the communication of Divine goodness by the in-working of the Spirit, and through the medium of Him who is ‘full of grace and truth.’ (Robert Girdlestone). “Grace” derives from the Greek word Charis. Grace excludes merit. Even if one were able to perform everything God commands, he still must regard himself as an “unprofitable servant” (Luke 17:10) (www.christiancourier.com).
The level of God's Grace is the definite difference between Christians. Looking at and studying the lives of great servants of God, most especially God's Generals, I see something similar in them. God is the giver of Grace and as much as It comes without merit, there is one common factor that helps magnets It to the carrier.
God cut the great covenant with Abraham after He told him walk before me and be thou perfect in Gen 17:1 and therefore I am more sure of this common factor which is Righteousness, Uprightness before God, most especially beginning from the heart.
David to me, was the most immoral of God's servants that lived on this earth, but yet, he experienced so much of God's Grace that today, we say; 'Jesus the son of David', 'Star of David', 'Throne of David', 'Key of David', etc. Why? it was simply because of his heart for God, for with God, motive weighs more than action.
Then, David did not have the help of The Holy Spirit as we do today. When we get to heaven, you can go ask David and he'd probably tell you he wishes he acted better. Rom 6:1-23 emphasizes the issue of Righteousness especially in verse 1.
Grace makes all the difference, it is Grace that covers your errors, it is Grace that gives you what you are not qualified for. If you wish to increase in your level of Grace, strive, engaging the help of The Holy Spirit, to walk uprightly before God, and simultaneously pray for more Grace and then you would see the workings of God in your life.
God bless you richly in Jesus' Name... Peace...