Write It Down
April 4, 2013
Wait For It
April 6, 2013
Write It Down
April 4, 2013
Wait For It
April 6, 2013

It’s All Grace

Peoria, Arizona Sunrise 2013

Peoria, Arizona Sunrise 2013

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Paul was certain that it was not about him. He was what he was by grace. He was given this grace—bestowed on him. He worked hard but his work did not accomplish what he had done.

Some people think that once God saves you, you must dig in and work out your salvation all by yourself. I know people who have just burned out trying to do the work they think God has called them to do. I knew one person who loved to knock on doors. After a couple of years, it became a chore and soon he was totally dropping out. It takes a lot of grace to knock on doors. There is a lot of rejection for those who do that. It can only be done if the grace of God is with you.

Paul could say that he labored harder than all the other apostles did. It was not hard labor that accomplished anything. It was the grace of God working with him. He understood this and therefore did accomplish much for the kingdom.

Two things come to mind. First, be sure that what you feel you should be doing for the Lord is what He wants you to do. God loves us so much that even if you are not doing what He wants, He will give you grace. But how much more grace will there be to do His purpose for your life.

Second, is to know that it isn’t your hard work that is doing anything. It is the grace of God that does the work. Only God’s grace can touch hearts. Only God can turn your work into something that is worth anything. It’s not your great preaching. It’s not your great writing, or witnessing, or any of your doing. It is grace alone that makes the difference. God uses what we do to accomplish His purposes.

It’s all grace.