By the Grace of God

Do you work hard? Are you working hard to impress your boss or your spouse or someone else? Do you think you need to work hard to impress God or to gain his favor? Have you thought that God works through you by his grace?

We often work hard to get a raise or climb the ladder at our workplace. We work hard for our families to provide and care for them. We try to impress someone we want an intimate relationship with. Not that any of those are bad, but they do require work.

With our focus on working at all the above, we don’t think about God working in us. His grace provides us what we need when we need it. It is God’s grace that makes us what we are. Does that mean God causes the bad things? No! It is by his grace that we are as good as we are, that we do the good works he was prepared for us.

We are saved by grace. We are given another day by God’s grace. It is because of his grace that we are gifted with the talents and skills we have. It is by God’s grace that we are given another day. His wonderful grace sustains us and overwhelms us.

It was God’s grace that made the Apostle Paul who he was. God’s grace saved him from the path of persecuting Christians and caused him to plant churches all throughout Asia Minor and parts of Europe. God’s grace gave Paul the message he needed and altered his life forever.

I pray we all recognize it is God’s grace is bigger than we think. I pray we know that God’s grace saves us. I pray each of us trust that by God’s grace he is working in our lives. Imagine how great God’s grace is. Know his grace is a gift. Know that his grace sustains you. Give God thanks for his amazing grace.

1 Corinthians 15:10 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.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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