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.
We need to follow Jesus’ example on the road to greatness which is serving (Matthew 23:11, 12). T hose who serve have learned to think of their worth, identity, and position in Christ. That means they know who they are by the grace of God not from the work they do. The Spirit of God through the Apostle Paul said he labored more abundantly by the grace bestowed upon him and that he was who he was by the grace of God. He didn’t labor to become someone but labored because he already was someone. He didn’t try to extract his value and worth from his labor but from who God made him by grace.
People who know who they are by the grace of God know they are already, blessed, chosen, predestined, accepted, redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:3-7) and don’t labor to get these things. They don’t have to try to prove their worth trying to “get somewhere,” or to “be somebody.” They’d rather help someone than try to be someone. They can accept any ministry assignment or ministry work that insecure people consider beneath them. Only secure people can serve in this kind of freedom. Insecure people are always worrying about what others think about them, how they appear to others, and compare themselves with others. If we try to extract our worth and value from our work, we will need the commendation of men to feel good about ourselves.
Our security, sense of worth, and value has to come from who we are in Christ by the grace of God. It doesn’t matter what the assignment, work, or task is that we are doing. Second Corinthians 10:12, 17, and 18 says, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. There is no need to compare or commend ourselves when we know who we are in Christ by the grace of God.