I Am What I Am by His Grace

I have attempted to talk about at least one aspect of grace in each blog.  To me, grace can be like a large cut diamond with glistening angles of beauty and wonder.  Below are a few scriptures, among many, that help us understand the depths of God’s grace.

Romans 12:3

“For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you to not think of himself more highly than he should think.  Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.” 

And in Romans 12:6— “According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts…”

He does not want us to think more highly of ourselves but sensibly (sound judgement, to put a moderate estimate upon one’s self).  If God uses us in life, it is through His grace that provides our faith and spiritual gifts.  In other words, His grace meets all of our needs.  Or, we cannot take any pride in our faith or gifts. 

In 1 Corinthians 15:10— “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, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 

I am what I am by His grace.  We are what we are by His grace.

An example of this hard work through His grace is found in Romans 15:15— “…because of the grace given to me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles…”.  This was no small task.  God’s grace given to Paul was to reach the Gentiles.  In 1 Corinthians 3:10, he says that according to God’s grace he laid a foundation as a master builder.

In Ephesians 3:2,4,7,8, Paul says grace was given to him by the working of God’s power.  Paul’s grace gave him insight into the mystery of Christ.  He also said he was the least of all the saints and yet Paul was given grace to proclaim the incalculable riches of Christ.  With grace comes power, insight into Christ and strength beyond our human capability. 

Was Paul being serious when he said he was the least of all the saints?

I think the more Paul understood about God’s grace, the more he realized how little he had to offer in God’s calling upon him.  In Col. 1:29, “I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me.” His grace is powerful, apart from our strength.  There is no need or room for our strength along with His grace.

As a young Christian I was trying as hard as I could to be a good Christian.  I wanted so badly, back then, for Him to work in and through me that I was taking the lead, getting out in front of God with great intentions.  He gave me a word and said, “I will lead and work through you without your effort.”  I was not laboring with His strength as Paul was but rather with my strength.  Unfortunately, I have repeatedly had to learn this lesson throughout my walk with Him, to let go and let God be God.  He wants me in the back seat with Him in the driver’s seat.

To summarize, through these few scriptures we can glean a partial image of the many diamond- like facets reflecting the depths of His grace; 1.Grace is a gift, 2. Grace provides all of the faith we need, 3. Grace provides our spiritual gifts, 4. Grace equals God’s power working in and through us, 5. Through grace we are given insight into the mystery of Christ, 6. By His grace we can proclaim the incalculable riches of Christ.  7. We are what we are by His grace. 8. Through His grace we serve. 9. His grace is sufficient for all of our needs. 10. God is glorified (not us) through His grace in us.

Lord, open our eyes to see Your grace at work in us in every area of our lives.  We thank you that your grace is sufficient.   

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