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Devotional - week of March 25, 2012


RESOURCE FOR CHARACTER AND MINISTRY

 

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

 

It is not uncommon to hear someone say, “I believe that the greatest Christian whoever lived was the Apostle Paul.” Paul would not agree with such a statement. He had just written in Verse 9:

 

 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

 

But Paul knew that the grace of God was the force that caused him to labor more abundantly that any of the other Apostles.

 

We can praise the Lord for what grace did for Paul, but we also can thank God for what grace can make of us when that grace is in us. In another passage Paul wrote:

 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me ….

 

Christ was in Paul, and in us, in the person of the Holy Spirit—who is also named “the Spirit of Christ (1 Peter 1:11, Romans 8:9).

 

When we consider Paul’s testimony of God’s grace turning an ungodly persecutor of the church into such a great servant in and for the Kingdom of God, we can believe that regardless of our past and present sins and failures, the Holy Spirit can give us the character, motivation and power for superior service in the Kingdom.   

 

Knowing that God can lift us far beyond ourselves through His grace—the work of the Holy Spirit in us, we should continue to live out the life of grace.