For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace which was bestowed on me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.Â Â Â Â 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (WEB)
â€œI am what I amâ€. Oh, that I would wake up every morning and say that, knowing that what I am â€“ I am because of Godâ€™s grace. And I would be joyful in that â€œI amâ€. I believe I have found a new wake up call for myself! And whatever work I do that day, I do because of Godâ€™s grace. There is no glory for me. It all belongs to God.
Godâ€™s grace is a faucet that is bursting to flow over me every day. It is a fresh spring of God that He wants to fill me so that I can leak over everyone I come in contact through the day. Walk through Walmart or Target and drip a â€˜grace smileâ€™ or sprinkle a kind â€˜grace wordâ€™ on someone. It will cost me nothing because God promises that His grace is sufficient for me.
Remember Paulâ€™s confession of the â€œthornâ€ that he asked God three times to remove? God said His grace was sufficient for Paulâ€™s torment. I never thought about the strength of Godâ€™s love in my life. Whether my â€˜thornâ€™ is a life circumstance of disease, loss, or a relationship, Godâ€™s grace can be what I need to live â€“ and live abundantly.
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;Â I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;Â he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength, He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walkÂ through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,Â for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staffÂ protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for meÂ in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Â Â Â Â Psalm 23 (NLT)
Surely, LORD, Your unfailing grace will pursue me. I do not have to beg or look for it. When I am with God, His grace is there in sufficient quantities for whatever is in my life.
I am what I am today, LORD, because Your sufficient grace is with me. Thank You, LORD.