“I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I have persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:9-10).
It is amazing how humble the apostle Paul had become after his conversion. A zealous tax collector by trade, Saul wreaked havoc on the early Church. He was hated and feared by many. Yet God saw it fit to grant him favor and used him to grow the Church.
But Paul understood that he was not worthy of God’s grace and generosity and neither do you nor I, or anyone else in this world. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In a letter to the Church in Ephesus, Paul exhorts the Church that salvation is not earned; It’s a gift from God. Here is what Paul writes: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Who do you know that would give you a gift for doing nothing? It is hard to find one person, yet that’s exactly what Jesus did! Furthermore, when you look at your life and compare it to God’s life, it becomes quite overwhelming and unfathomable to realize that you are a recipient of His love. When you compare your sins, your failures, and your defeats with His holiness, goodness, and righteousness, it can prompt you to ask, “Who am I that God should generous toward me?”
Still as hard as it might be to fully comprehend, the fact remains that the Creator of all things, the omnipotent God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ into this world and then into your life. Believe it or not, “little insignificant you and me” are recipients of Almighty God’s all-encompassing, all-embracing, goodness, kindness and generosity in Jesus Christ.
God, in His mercy and grace, delights in giving the highest to the lowliest, the greatest to the smallest, the fullest to the emptiest, and the mightiest to the weakest.
- Salvation By Grace and Not Works (karwenji.wordpress.com)
- God of Grace and God of Glory (myheartsmission.com)
“Who do you know that would give you a gift for doing nothing?” Very good point and thought Noel. Thanks for posting. God Bless, SR
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, SR. To God be the glory. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
God bless you.
Paul went against the teachings of Jesus this has been pointed out many
times in the Bible.
Thanks for your comment! Could you enlighten me on where Paul went against Jesus’s teachings after his conversion?
Thanks for stopping by. God bless.
Well,it is well know there are whole web sites devoted to the division between pauls
teachings and Jesus.
paul was so willfull God had to strike him blind to turn
him to do his will not his own
For some uncanny reason, I have not been getting your post through my feeds. I’m going to put you through e-mail, so you may get a notification that I befriended you again. I find those a little strange when I see them. 🙂 Oh, great post — thank God for the blood that covers our weaknesses!
God Bless You!
Nice blog you have here with some great posts! There is hope for the Northeast U.S. after all ! 😉
May God continue to bless you in your life, ministry, and writings!
It’s so humbling, Thanks for the post!
You are very welcome KlarionKall. Thanks for stopping. Please come again.
You are a most wonderful and giving person who spreads God’s word with great joy. I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award, Noel. There is no obligation but if you would like it, please visit My Blog and pick it up: http://loopyloo305.com/2012/03/22/kreativ-blogger-award/
Thank you very much Loopyloo. I really appreciate you nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.
God bless you always.
It’s because of me…that Christ died on the cross. Even though we were His enemies, Christ willingly paid our debt. On top of that, He seeks to bless us! Who are we indeed!
Thanks Noel for another great post! Keep writing brother.
Good work. I bless the Lord for you.
Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on my post. I really appreciate you stopping by. God bless.
If you believe in the trinity please enlighten me where in the
the Bible is the word trinity. And there is nothing to get
defensive about I am but a seeker of truth not a reformer.
Trinity is not in the Bible. It is a theological word for Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It reference, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. I hope my explanation help. I honestly appreciate your stopping by. God blesses.
I study the Bible almost entirly on my own
this being the word of God and not
the worlds view. For they have used it for
self serving reasons for years and years,
the Church has entered into unholy allienaces.
I want no part of this .So, am attempting seperate
Hearsay from Gods words . This is my
only agenda my salvation it has nothing to
do with any Church . For they lie and hide
the truth from the people At least that is
how it appears to me man serving man
not man serving God.
Hi, thanks for sharing.