Topic: The Challenge of always relying on the grace of God.
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.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NLT) – 10 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 (NIV) – 10 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.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (MSG – 10 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.
Thoughts of Devotion:
In this morning, the Lord challenges us to depend on his grace. We see this truth in the life of the Apostle Paul. If something kept him confident in the ministry it was not his talent or ability, but God’s pure grace on his life! In Acts 8: 3 he teaches us the past of our brother Paul, “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” As a persecutor of the church in his life before surrendering to Christ, he was continually remembered of how unmerited he was of Christ’s commission to be an apostle.
It is for this reason that he attributes all his ministry solely and exclusively to the grace of God. Although the Apostle Paul was not worthy of being called an apostle, the Grace of God that had been given him in Christ enabled him to perform this office. Despite his lack of right and merit, God’s grace had made him competent for the task and mission that Jesus had entrusted to him. He recognized that his achievements were not due to his talent, but to the abundant grace he was with him! He was only a useful vessel where God’s grace flowed and fulfilled God’s purpose in Him.
Today we must always depend on the grace of God. If we are someone or can be, it is exclusively through the grace of God in our lives. Never in our limited capacity or talent. In Romans 12: 3 he tells us, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” In this 90-day challenge, let us learn to be dependent on the grace of God. When everything fell short, God’s grace will carry us to our destiny!
Romans 11: 6 (NKJV) – 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. [a]But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Romans 12: 3 (NKJV) – 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Ephesians 2: 7–8 (NKJV) – 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 3: 7 (NKJV) – 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
Colossians 1:29 (NKJV) – 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
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