First, although grace is available to all, we must position ourselves to receive its full benefit. Grace, like water, flows down hill and is most abundant in low spots. Although some rain falls on mountain tops, the most powerful collections of water—rivers, lakes and oceans—are found in lower spots. The same is true of God’s grace; some is available to persons in every station of life, but it is more abundant for those who do not exalt themselves, but instead live humbly before Him. See Proverbs 22:4, 29:23; Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 23:12; Luke 1:52; 9:48, 14:11, 18:9-14; John 13:12-16; I Peter 5:5-6.
Second, we can be waterproof or we can be absorbent. God makes his grace available to all, but not all accept it. Some, the waterproof, prefer to operate in their own strength. They will be like plants that “live in the parched places of the desert.” Jer.17: 6 (New Jerusalem Bible). But if we are porous, trusting in Him, God will be faithful to provide what we need, Jeremiah 17:7-8. Accord Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31. Moreover, if we let it in, God’s grace, like water absorbed by a plant, will permeate all aspects of our being. Jeremiah17:8. Accord Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21.