1 Corinthians 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
Every one of us are what we are in the natural by our birth, by our training, and by our experiences. We are also something by the grace of God. Because of this, it is not unjust of God to require anything of us. Whatever God requires, His grace enables us to do it and makes us enough or sufficient for the obligation or responsibility (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 2:10). God wants nothing empowered by us. The work we do, there is grace for it (See Acts 14:2-3). God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls.
The grace of God enabled and empowered the Apostle Paul to labor according to 1 Corinthians 15:10. The word for labor implies to work hard, toil, and even to feel fatigue. The spiritual rest we have by faith in His grace is not rest from activity but rest in activity. Christianity is not a mere religion of words but a relationship with God that will produce good works in our life (Ephesians 2:10). Grace is the result of the faithful work of God in Christ for man out of which should come the faithful work of man for God. Philippians 2:13 speaks of God working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure so we can say God’s grace will work in us to work. Grace working in us will make a worker out of us.
We are all gifted or receive gifts of grace for that work. All Christians are given gifts of grace for service (Romans 12:6) and no one is given grace to sit or to do nothing. Living by grace does not produce a lazy, inactive, do-nothing lifestyle but will work in you to labor for the Lord in His work. The grace for laboring in His work would be in vain if we don’t work or labor with our gifts.
- You have gifts.
- You didn’t choose the gifts, God did.
- The gifts are Heaven sent and Heavens’ deposit of grace in you.
- Those gifts aren’t for you but for others.
- Discover what you have (designed and built in you by God) and steward it to help others.
- No gift that serves others is small or insignificant.
- There will be equal rewards given for equal faithfulness in the stewardship of our gifts.