No more excuses
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
I think we as believers get the wrong impression of the apostle Paul sometimes. It is often said that he was the one who wrote 2/3rds of the New Testament. He was the one that preached the good news to the known world at that time. Paul did signs and wonders through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He pushed through an innumerable number of afflictions, trials and setbacks. Acts 19:12 even says that people brought handkerchiefs and aprons for Paul to touch to take to their sick, diseased and people with evil spirits to heal and deliver them.
Yes, we have a pretty high opinion of him and rightly so, but our thoughts about the apostle Paul should in no way be compared to the ministry we are called to. Sure, we will probably never have to go to the extents that he did by being arrested and taken to the leader of the world for trial, but we have the same Holy Spirit that Paul had and the same grace of God.
Take a look at what Paul said about himself in today’s test.
- Someone born at the wrong time
- The least of the apostles
- Not worthy to be called an apostle because of his past
- I am what I am (it is what it is)
- Worked harder than anyone
These objections sound like many of the excuses you can hear today from people who are unwilling to pursue the call of God on their life. They say things like: “I shouldn’t be here, I’m at the wrong place at the wrong time.” Or “I am just one person, what can I do. God can’t use me because of have too much sin in my past.” Even, “This is as good as it gets and there is nothing more. I would have to work harder than anyone to get God’s blessing on my life.”
The truth is, it doesn’t matter when or where you were born or how small or great in importance you think you are. It’s not about being worthy of a title or even the sin in your past. You are not limited by what your surroundings and circumstances are today or how hard or not you are working. It is all about God’s grace on you to get His mission accomplished. God’s grace is big enough to overcome any objection and with the Holy Spirit’s leading and direction, you have the power to make a difference in your home, neighborhood, community and the world around you.
Today I want to encourage you to stop making excuses. Don’t let your thoughts lie to you about who you are now that you have met the Savior and have a loving heavenly Father. Take authority over the lies of your enemy and tell those lies who you are now that you are in Christ Jesus. You are redeemed, you are righteous and you are a witness of the goodness and grace of God to others! Don’t let that list of un-qualifications slow you down, there is something greater than those limiting qualities and that is the grace of God that you received in His salvation!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-10