Grace Bestowed in Vain

For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet 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 which was bestowed upon 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. 

I Corinthians 15:9-10

In verse 10, Paul tells the Corinthians that the grace of God that was bestowed on him “was not in vain.”  That is a powerful statement.   God has given us a great deal of grace.  He has saved us and forgiven us.  He has loved us after we had rejected him.

The question is this – did He do all of this in vain?  What have we done with the grace that He has bestowed on us?  Are we using that grace for His honour and glory or are we just living however we want to live?  Paul said that the grace God bestowed on him was not in vain and I think that we would definitely agree with him.  He served the Lord faithfully and did all that he could for the cause of Christ.  He used the grace that he had been given to show others how to obtain this grace.

What have we done with the grace that He has given to us?  It would be a terrible thing to think that God gave us the grace that He has given us “in vain.”  It would be a terrible thing to think that we have hurt the cause of Christ after all that He did for us.  But, that is the what some of us have done.  Let us walk with the Lord today so that we will never wonder if His grace has been given to us “in vain!”

One response to this post.

  1. Amen Ben! We are called to do much more than just make it into Heaven by the skin of our teeth! We are called to march triumphantly into the kingdom because of His grace which we have allowed to work abundantly in our lives.

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