Verse of the day
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.
In our places of abode, we have electric lamps, fluorescent tubes, objects that produce light. Sometimes, some lamps produce light while others don’t. This can be due to a damaged filament, worn out cables, broken tubes or faulty plugs. One would not be so far from the truth by declaring the working lamps to be better in that they produce the required result – they produce lights. But when critically looked at, we’ll find that much of the success of the lamp doesn’t really come from the lamp itself, but from the electricity it receives. Without this electricity, it can hardly be differentiated from the faulty one.
This same goes for the grace of God. Rather than cover up for our weaknesses, the grace of God makes evident God’s strength through us.
Every good gift and divine expression in the life of a believer is a product of God’s grace. When this glory is ascribed to the believer, we lie.
Grace doesn’t produce indifference; to rest in grace is not to be indifferent to divine affairs. Rather, to rest in grace is to be continuously propelled towards greater attainment and expression of the Life of God resident within us through the Holy Spirit.
Just like the electricity in the home, the grace of God for every exploit in Him has been available to everyone, saved or unsaved. What’s required of us is our receipt of this grace and resolve to let God find expression in us.
Paul’s saying, “by the grace of God I am what I am,” must serve two purposes to the believer:
- to encourage him to press on in the knowledge of God, to attain as many heights as the apostle Paul himself did (and more) knowing full well that the grace of God offers us enough enablement;
- to serve as a deterrent against pride, and an encourager of humility, that we may be constantly reminded that without God, we are just like any other faulty lamp.
So, believer, let God’s grace find active expression in and through you.
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Dad, thanks for the supply of Your grace. By knowing of the reach of its power, and resting in it, I will labor exceedingly towards and for You.
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