Too Loquacious

“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.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

7 Comments

  1. Great encouragement, brother Jon…I needed to hear it. Inadequacy? I’ve got tons of it. Feelings of failure? I carry that with me like a credit card.

  2. I couldn’t have said it any better! AMEN!!

  3. Dear Pastor Cardwell,

    Woe to me with unclean lips, but Great is our Savior to conquer sin and death on our behalf.

    I loved this post!!!!!!!!!!! It stirs within the Great Hope of salvation through Christ.

    Grace and peace, charisse

    • thanks, sister, for you comments and encouraging words. lisa and i just finished listening to the noon radio broadcast from wgrw and i was providing a devotional from psalm 32 during our midweek prayer meeting.

      lisa said, ‘that was a pretty good message, hon.’ [i remember the days when she used to be the one to keep me humble before the lord.]

      this time i was able to say, ‘if it was a good message it was all the lord, and all of grace. when it’s a bad message, it’s all of me; and it doesn’t take much of me to make one bad.’

      spurgeon preached a sermon once where he tells of a time that john bunyan preached a message at a meeting and a young man ran up to him and said, ‘mr. bunyan, that was a wonderful sermon.’ without batting an eyelash, the old puritan replied, ‘you’re too late, lad, the devil already told me that.’

      looking forward to seeing you tuesday, sister.

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