Wednesday, March 14, 2007

1 Corinthians 15:9-11 -- work it out.

9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

Paul presents an interesting picture of how we are grounded in grace. Yet, this produces action. However, this action too is grounded in grace and not a stand alone human endeavor apart from the grace of God. Here’s the deal, it is only by God’s grace that you are justified and it is only in God’s grace that you are being sanctified. However, like Paul, we must work out this grace and not let it be without effect. Paul says he worked harder than all of them. He didn’t say I rested in God’s grace, took refuge and just sat back and waited to see what might happen. No, he grabbed hold of God’s grace and understood it so much that he was propelled into action. He exercised the grace of God and by doing so was mightily used by God. Do you understand God’s grace? Are you driven to allow God’s grace to be effective in your life? Are you working out what he has worked within you?

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