But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
I Corinthians 15:10 (NKJV)
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1 Corinthians 15:10 (NLT) — But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (MSG) — But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV) — 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.
This morning I wonder, what would we be without the grace of God? His grace is what sustains us and keeps us day by day. It’s just the immense grace of God in our lives and his mercy that enables us to continue forward. It makes us competent believers to be suitable in the kingdom of God. Nothing compares to this grace! When we depend on it, we become strong people with a fervent spirit to serve and do God’s work. His grace gives us power and strength to confront all opposition that comes into our lives.
I believe this was the Apostle Paul was thinking when he wrote these verses. If someone labored and worked hard for the Lord, it was Paul. As a servant of God he endured much exhaustion and fatigue in the work of God. He was worn out doing the ministry God had called him to do! In 2 Corinthians 11:23 he asks the question, “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool.) I Am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths often.” Imagine living a life so committed, total commitment. But we see that Paul always credited and owed everything to the grace of God. Nothing was through himself, but only the grace of God!
Today we recognize that exhaustion and fatigue will come into our lives, especially when we serve the Lord. Moments where we will feel the heavy weight of ministry on our shoulders. The burden will feel heavy and overwhelming. Without a doubt we will have days when we work for the Lord that we will feel heavy and perhaps even want to give up. Especially when we can’t see the fruit of our labor! It’s in these moments when God desires to strengthen us and give us new strength through his grace.
In these moments we must remember what 2 Corinthians 3:5 says, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” Recognize today that his grace is what make the difference in your work for the Lord. I invite you this day to implore God to favor you with his grace so you may go on.
Philippians 2:13 (NKJV) — for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
2 Corinthians 11:23 (NKJV) — Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
Colossians 1:29 (NKJV) — To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (NKJV) — Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
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