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Is God’s Grace in Vain? (Read time ≈ 5 minutes)
1 Corinthians 15:10 (ESV)
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
                Grace + labor is a curious thing. Paul’s attitude, mindset, and approach to the work of God really tells us a lot…. Is it just me or have I been referencing Paul a lot lately? Anyway… Paul, as we know was an enemy of God, a persecutor of the Church prior to His salvation. He reminds us of that in verse 9. Also, Jesus is clear on this matter. You are either for Him, or you are against Him (Matthew 12:30). You are either a friend of God, or an enemy of God. There really is no spiritual Switzerland (neutral ground). Anyone who thinks they are neutral on God will be greatly disturbed on judgment day.
                Paul realizes it is ONLY by the grace of God that he is what he is. Being used by God in the way he is. But he also says, “His grace toward me was not in vain”. This is what a genuine response to salvation looks like. A second chance at life, a renewed spiritual life given only by the grace of God. He spent His blood on me for my salvation, so I am not going let the high price that He paid for my salvation go to waste! NO! I will not! I will work, harder than ever. So that the grace of my Savior does not appear to be in vain. Paul labored hard for the world. He labored even harder for Christ. Did we go from laboring for sin, fleshly desires, worldly wealth and get saved and then turn into a lazy, gluttonous Christian? Wasting away this new life that Christ gave us? No, a proper response to salvation is not laziness. It is also not, “I have to work to earn this”. It is, I must work so that Christs blood appears to be well spent on me! So that His sacrifice for me is not in vain but that others will see the work He has done in my life and see the power of the living God in me! And even though Paul acknowledges he works so hard, he still acknowledges that not only is his salvation only by the Grace of God but that his success in his labor is also only because of God’s grace within him.
                Ask yourself today. Do I think I have earned any of this? Hint: The answer is, no. Ask yourself, does the price that Christ paid for my soul appear to be in vain? This answer can only be answered by you. If you do feel as though you work hard for the Kingdom, then remember that it is still only by the grace of God that you succeed in that labor. Paul, perhaps the greatest laborer for the Kingdom of Heaven, at least in the first century church, acknowledged these things. Only by grace was he able to become who he became. Through that grace he worked and saw fruit for the kingdom and again, acknowledged, it was only by God’s grace that is in him. How about you? Is Gods grace in vain? Despite his wicked past, Paul was able to confidently say, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain.” Ask yourself, can I say the same about my own life? If not, what is standing in the way? Identify it, then eliminate it. Let not the grace of our King be in vain and let His grace work fully in you.