by Carolyn Hope
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. (1 Corinthians 15:9-10)
“By the grace of God I am what I am.” This is such a powerful statement, especially when you consider that it came from Paul. The man who had once been such a strong antagonist against the church became one of its greatest apostles. Only the grace of God can cause such a total transformation.
What is grace, though?
Many times, we look at grace like an eraser. We think its sole purpose is to remove our sin. If you look at the original Hebrew, however, you’ll find that grace means a gift or favor. Grace then, is God’s gift to us and favor toward us. We cannot earn or deserve grace, but God freely gives it to us anyway. The full purpose of grace isn’t simply to take the trash out of our lives so we don’t stink anymore – it’s actually to impart into our lives to make us new and right.
Grace is an empowerment to live the way God calls you to live. The beauty of His grace is that it is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). It is always more than enough. God’s grace is a source of power inside you that will never run out or die. This power is what pushes you to become better and more than you’ve ever been before. Live gracefully (full of grace) today. You have what it takes.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe