God lavishes His grace on us despite our sinful past—which should inspire us to live for Him. 1 Corinthians 15:9-10
The apostle Paul had a mindset that Christians are wise to emulate (1 Cor. 11:1). It included:
• Humility. Pride can’t exist in the heart of a believer who truly grasps God’s mercy. Paul spread the gospel because he believed in the sufficiency of God’s grace to save sinners like himself—and you and me.
• A sense of obligation. Paul understood how far God’s grace had brought him. He frequently reminded others of his role in persecuting the church (1 Tim. 1:13-15) and allowed his past to fuel his gratitude for salvation.
• A sense of dependence. Here is how the apostle described the source of his strength: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). He knew what it was to work at being religious by depending on his own efforts—and he wanted no part of it. Paul desired more of Jesus and none of himself (Phil. 3:4-8).
• A spirit of absolute confidence. Even at the end of Paul’s life, he remained confident in the Lord and looked forward to his eternal reward (2 Tim. 4:6-8).
Do you see these attitudes in yourself? Praise the Lord for all that He’s done, and let it motivate you to work for His kingdom. May the grace He showers on you never be in vain (1 Cor. 15:10).
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