Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
1 Corinthians 15:9-10
1 Corinthians 15:9–10 (ESV): "9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me."
What we think of ourselves is not at all what God thinks of us. He sees us not through our own merit but through His unmerited favor. He sees us through the lens of grace!
Getting what you don't deserve, that is what grace is. The acronym says it all: God's Riches At Christ's Expenses - GRACE! We don't deserve it but God gives it to us anyway. Saul who became Paul understood this more than anyone. He lived every day of his life thanking God for His abundant grace. It was what saved him and it was what changed him. He wasn't a super Apostle or even the A-postle...he was the gracepostle...a sinner saturated in grace and used by God. He would and could take no credit for his life as Paul the Christian. He was a trophy of Gods grace.
I wonder if you would consider yourself a trophy of grace. You too are what you are by the grace of God. None of us are anything on our own but through Christ we become somebody and ought to always remember we are what we are by the grace of God. Give Him praise today Christian that although you are not yet who you want to be, you are most certainly not who you once were and any goodness in you is a result of His grace. He deserves all the credit!
Father we thank You that You can take a life wrought in sin and by Your amazing grace You can turn it all around. You can make the most vicious opponent of You the most loving proponent. Thank You for doing that in us. May Your grace continue to shape and change us and may we always be quick to give You all the glory we pray in Jesus name, amen!
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