[B]y the grace of God I am what I am.
—1 Corinthians 15:10
“God’s grace has made me what I am,” wrote Paul, “and his grace to me was not wasted” (1 Cor 15:10 NCV).
“I worked harder than all the other apostles,” he said. It wasn’t a swagger of self-importance, but a declaration of debt, for he went on to say, “But it was not I really; it was God’s grace that was with me.”
Poor-mouthing yourself as inferior and insignificant is not humility; rather it is an insult to God, who set you apart from birth and called you by his grace (Gal 1:15). He didn’t overlook you when he handed out gifts (Eph 4:7).
By the grace of God, you are what you are. “[W]e beg you who have received God’s grace not to let it be wasted” (2 Cor 6:1 TEV).
God’s gifts aren’t weighed
on the world’s scales of success.