1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
A waste of grace
As the verse above states, all of us are what we are because of the grace of God. If it were not for the grace of God, I fear to think where I would be today. Though I was not saved out of a so-called “wicked” lifestyle. It is only by God’s grace that I have become what I am today. I love what Steve Curington often said, “We are all a bunch of drug addicts. But, some of us just got delivered before we ever had the chance to use.” I am sure there are many who will read this devotional who can only thank and praise God for His grace. When they look at where they were before they got saved and compare it to where they are now. However, I am sure there are others who forgot the pit from which they were delivered.
The Apostle Paul used his life as an example of what God’s grace can do for a person.
This is what the Apostle Paul was trying to teach the Christians at Corinth. He used his life as an example of what God’s grace can do for a person. Also, he discussed with this church how he previously persecuted the church of God before his salvation. In addition, he reminded them that it was only because of God’s grace that he became what he was, an apostle of Jesus Christ. He said because God had bestowed His grace upon him, He would labor more abundantly to make sure that God’s grace was not bestowed upon him in vain. Then he proceeded to remind us that it would not even be him laboring to prove this, but the grace of God wherein he was magnifying.
Everyone needs to realize that it is only by God’s grace that anything good would come from us.
Though I am a preacher of the Gospel of Christ, it is not because I deserve to be one, but because of God’s grace bestowed upon me. Whatever and whoever you are in Christ, you must remember that you are that only because of God’s grace. Nobody deserves to be what we are in the church; it is only by God’s grace that we are what we are. We should never get high-minded because of a position. We need to keep in mind that we are only what we are by God’s grace.
Because God’s grace has been bestowed upon us, we should have an attitude of gratitude. Don’t waste the grace of God upon your life by living for yourself, committing sin, and doing only what you want to do.
Is your life a waste of the grace of God?
Have you responded with a heart of appreciation for the grace that He has bestowed upon you? Every day should be a day when we show God our appreciation for the grace He bestowed upon us by living right continually in His power and serving under the influence of His Spirit. Make it a goal, that at the end of every day you can say that you have expressed to God your appreciation for the grace that He has bestowed upon you and through you. We will not have to work extra hard to do this, all we must do is remember…it is the grace of God doing in you and not you in the doing!