Recognize God’s Grace!
“But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
For everyone who has found Christ, we could boldly say we have received his grace. We wouldn’t have been called Christians if not for Grace. Irrespective of how our past could have been, grace pulled us out from death into life. The first gift we got was grace; it’s the initial blessing of God to humanity to rebrand us.
We have read about Paul to be a great Apostle of God who traveled afar and took dangerous journeys and steps for the sake of the gospel. One could have probably predicted that Paul’s strength and boldness emanated from his previous way of living as a persecutor. Indeed, that could have been possible. But the major gist is that Apostle Paul’s wisdom or strength would not have gotten him saved.
Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose.”
Paul said, “I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” His sacrifices and effort were so great that we still speak of them to date. It takes someone who understands grace to appreciate the grace, and until we can appreciate grace in our lives, we won’t experience more of the manifestation of grace. No wonder Apostle Paul was able to do more; no one could have done that with human wisdom.
When you look into your life, do you see grace? What do you recognize as your saving factor? Do you believe its grace that distinguishes you from the less? Just think about it today. I sense God ready to take you on a greater level and dimension of His grace. John 1:16 says, “And from God fullness, we have all received, grace upon grace.”
1. Lord, I thank you for your grace that has found me; help me not to see my strength in place of your grace.
2. 2 Timothy 4:22 May “The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.”