Paul the apostle described himself as the chief of all sinners. He was a sinner and he knew it. He knew that he could have continued on the lost road but by grace he was found. Recounting the presence of grace in his life he said in 1 Corinthians 15:9-10
“For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But 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“.
Dear friend, i have come to accept that no matter the role we play in our lives’ endeavours, there will always be grace at work. Grace could be defined in different yet similar ways. One of the commonest ways it is defined is as the unmerited favour.
Most often than not I have come to the realization that if we acknowldged the working of God’s grace in our lives we would have paradigm shifts in things we do and probably in the way we interact with others.
For instance; there is a saying that “one is always strong until he/she is tempted”.
An indirect way of saying that we can only judge ourselves and invariably others by the temptations we overcome. I argue in favour of this because we have seen how some ‘saints’ treat a fellow when he falls in sin. We have become extremely self-conceited that we would rather push one further down than to lift him up. What makes it more depressing is the fact that those who point accusing fingers the most have a fair share of struggles.
Their attitude tell no different story than to say “just because we sin differently from you, it means we are better than you”. May we never be quick to forget that we do not sin like others because it is grace that teaches us to say NO to all forms of ungodliness (Titus 2:12).
Look critically into every thing and you will see the element of grace. Peace in a country for instance is grace, To excell as a student is by grace, To become great is by grace, Being rich is by grace and the list goes unending…
Talking of excelling as a student…a lot of things make one a successful student. One needs the help of a supportive parent with the finacial capability to support education. One needs to be in the right state of mind to understand what he/she learns. One needs the good kind of health to be present to write exams. We are blind to what happens from the point an examination paper is taken to the point it is released. Ultimately one needs to be alive to see his/her supposed excellent results. You still havent’t seen the element of grace? Read it again, this time slowly.
The largest group of ingrates are those who believe in their efforts to make things happen. No matter how much effort one puts into an activity or a process the increase is always from God. 1 Corinthians 3:6 buttresses the assertion that it is God that blesses the hand of our labor to give increase.
Whenever we want to feel on top of the world and treat others with contempt let us remember that everybody in this world haven’t had the advantages that we have had by the grace of God.
May I serve a caveat to annul any element of confusion. The element of grace does not negate the need for effort in any way. Pursue every endeavour with the exuberance of a 1000 bullocks for God delights in diligence. Work as though it all depends on you but do not despise the essence of the grace of God. And if it is too hard for you to still fathom why I consider every being of ours to be revolving around grace, allow me to remind you that life is not a guarantee, not even to the fiddle , so the next time you wake up from bed, to pursue your laurels remember that was grace at work.
Stay humble, stay grateful and remember that we stand only by His grace and not by our strength. Reflect on these things.