“For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 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.” I Corinthians 15:9-10
The Generosity of God's Grace
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
On Sunday we discussed Paul's past and how he persecuted Christians until his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. After that point, Paul was eternally changed. His life mission became proclaiming salvation to the Gentiles.
But by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace to me was not without effect.
Paul acknowledged the generous gift of God's grace that was granted to him. He further acknowledged that the grace he received caused him to act. The gift of grace had an effect on his life.
No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Paul recognized that the work he accomplished for the kingdom was not a result of his education, his family background or any of the work that he had done. Paul acknowledged that every success he had was by the grace of God.
By God's grace, Paul went on missionary journeys and planted churches all across the ancient near east. By God's grace, Paul wrote letters of encouragement, reprimand and instruction to the churches that would become more than two-thirds of the New Testament. By God's grace, Paul was able to stand strong in the midst of persecution and cope with an unnamed physical condition. By God's grace Paul left a lasting legacy of faith.
God has generously given His grace to us as well. We can never earn God’s grace and we could never repay God for his generosity. However, we can make every effort to show that God's grace has had an effect on our lives.
As we continue on our journey of discovering how to live a generous life, let us constantly be reminded of the generous gift of God's grace.
Lord, we thank you for your generous gift of grace! Help us to now extend the same grace we have received to others. Let our lives be marked by generous compassion, generous forgiveness, generous acts of kindness to one another and generously sharing with others our testimony of Your grace in our lives.
Posted by Keller Springs Church | Date: August 30, 2016 | 0 comments