“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain”—1 Corinthians 15:10
One of my personality quirks is being too loquacious; that is, too long-witted, too verbal, or too talkative; which is actually quite an accomplishment for a dimwit. You see, I’m not that smart, nor am I wise. Anything whatsoever, any work, any progress, any accomplishment at all that comes by my hands, comes by my stance, or comes by my words, comes all by God’s grace.
I admit quite freely that I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but if I hang around long enough, I should get a honing once in a while. Nor am I the brightest light bulb in the refrigerator; but by God’s grace, there is some illumination on the occasion that the refrigerator door is opened.
Whatever is good, and if my name, my person, or my works are attached to it, then it is all of grace, and God must receive all glory.
If, however, it is not good, whether good but fallen by my corruptions, or it is bad, filthy, or faulty because there is nothing heavenly in it or about it, then it is because, apart from the grace of God in Christ Jesus, I can do none else.
I am what I am by God’s grace.
Are you sometimes discouraged by feelings of failure and inadequacy? Take heart, beloved Christian. You are what you are also by the grace of God in Christ Jesus. His grace is sufficient. This truth does not give us over to a licentious lifestyle of wanton sin. No, when by God’s grace, we recognize our fallen condition, it moves us by His Spirit to embrace grace and cleave to Christ through faith in His inerrant Word.