“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain” -1 Corinthians 15:10
This is a “life verse” to me. You know “life verses”? Well, they It are those scriptures that stand out in Scripture that really just speak volumes in the matter of a few words. Much like a mantra, famous quote, or motto. This passage has great meaning for me and I could go on and on about the Word of God in just these 20 English words (as they have been translated from the Greek New Testament).
The apostle Paul was using them to describe the work of God’s grace on His life, and I feel the same. Every now and then, I’m reminded to put this into writing. It was the sacrifice of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the burial of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the Word of Jesus that brought this grace to my life.
I’m thankful for the choice to be His and to follow Him through faith. Now I just want to me His man By His Grace, Proclaiming His Gospel, For His Glory.
So going back to 1 Corinthians 15:10. This verse wrecks my life and restores it. It echoes the person I am in Christ.
1) By The Grace of God…It is His authority and His work that provides the grace.
2) By The Grace of God…It is GRACE! This “unmerited favor” of God based on the work of Jesus on the cross is a gift. It is not something I earned or could ever hope to earn.
3) I am what I am…Because of His grace I am redeemed. I am a new creation. I am His child. I am a citizen of His Kingdom. I am rescued out of darkness. I am no longer under His wrath. I am a receiver of the Promise. I am a man with a future. I am a man with a mission. I am HIS.
4) And His Grace Toward Me Was Not In Vain…His grace does not just give me a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card. His grace that He gave me (once again, unmerited favor) builds in me a desire to follow because of overwhelming gratitude. I seek to live a Christ honoring life not because I can earn anything, but because He has given me everything through the cross. For that, I have complete joy to live for Him.
This Grace transforms life. Jesus changes everything. I am not who I once was and for that I am thankful.
Others in the past and present know this to be true as well.
Long ago a slave-trader turned convert of Christ, pastor, abolitionist, and song writer spoke these words…
“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be. I am not what I hope to be. Yet I can truly say, I am not what I once was. By the Grace of God, I am what I am.” -John Newton (writer of Amazing Grace)
You can know the Grace of Jesus Christ as well.
Let me know if you need help to know the Word of God & the grace of God that only comes from Jesus Christ.