Horn of Oil
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.
I am what I am because of God’s grace! That is certainly worth repeating, I am what I am because of God’s grace! Paul had been exhorting the Good News about Jesus Christ and found that many received and believed the message. He also shared humbly that he took no credit for his changed life. In this passage, Paul was reflecting upon his encounter with Jesus and how it changed his life forever. Have you ever thought about how and when you met Jesus? Remember how that encounter changed you and moved you to not be ashamed to tell everyone you met about your Lord, Jesus?
Jesus’ grace humbled Paul and he wanted to make good of God’s favor upon his life by telling the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection. Now he, not worthy was able to taste resurrection because of Jesus. GOOD NEWS! Grace cannot stay quiet about favor!
Paul’s confession makes us question, have we made good of the favor God has given us? Paul saw himself as the least of all the Apostles because he did not walk with Jesus, but instead he persecuted God’s people who did believe. He knew that meeting Jesus was the best thing that ever happened to him and Jesus’ merciful grace opened his eyes to the truth and gave him another chance at everlasting life. Like Paul, I constantly thank God for saving me, the least of his children. Who am I to have a relationship with one so great, so sovereign, so loving, so merciful, so gracious? When I met Jesus, I was not holy, not faithful, or trusting in God, but God’s grace poured into my life and reframed my vision. I am who I am today because of God’s grace! God’s grace! God’s grace on my life shall not be in vain!
I Am who I AM because of God’s Grace! It is HIS grace that shouts out about victory, about hope, about peace, about love. As others hear from God’s grace, they long to know more about Jesus.
God’s grace in our lives should not be in vain. It should reap a bounty of new believers daily as it speaks from your relationship with Jesus. Once awaked by grace, Paul realized that kingdom work was never done by him but done by the grace laboring through him, to tell the good news to others and bring increase to the kingdom of God.
Allow God’s story of HIS grace in your life to labor through you!
Speak Grace Speak!