“By The Grace Of God I Am What I Am”

Have you ever had someone tell you, “I’m a self-made man!” When someone says that, it means they were worked hard and have gotten where they are through their hard work and ingenuity. They weren’t born into wealth… they weren’t given a position… they worked the hard and climbed the ladder of success.
There is certainly nothing wrong with hard work and working your way to the top… it is admirable… books are written about self-made men… Movies are made about them. But, while this may not ALWAYS be the case, even most self-made men or women had someone help them along the way or, maybe they got a break.
In I Corinthians 15:10, Paul said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.” In verse 9 Paul had said, “I am the least of the apostles.”
At one time, Paul was a rising star in the Jewish faith. Paul was persecuting Christians. Then, God appeared to Saul (his name then) on the Damascus road and knocked him off his mount. Saul was converted and the Lord used him as the missionary to the Gentiles.
Years later, as he is writing to the church at Corinth, Paul thinks back on his life and says, “By the grace of God, I am what i am.”
Everyone of us should say that… “By the grace of God… I am what I am…”
Don’t be so arrogant that you think the world revolves around you. Don’t be so conceited that you think no one is equal to you. God may have gifted you… You may be an extremely intelligent person… but who made you intelligent? Who gave you, your intellect? God did.
You may be a very savvy businessman… you have a knack for spotting a good business opportunity… or a good stock to invest in. That’s great… but who gave you the knack for spotting a good opportunity? God did.
All of us can say, like Paul, “by the grace of God I am what I am.”

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