“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which [was bestowed] upon 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).
One of the biggest problems I’ve seen since coming to Christ is folks not knowing who they are. They haven’t yet found their identity in Christ. They strive for titles thinking the title will validate them, but they’re left feeling empty.
Knowing who you are in Christ empowers you to state with full assurance, “But by the grace of God I am what I am…” No devil in hell can sway the person who knows who she is in Christ. Although the Apostle Paul is sharing his journey in becoming an apostle with us in this, and the surrounding verses, my question to you is deeper than knowing your title. You see, Paul understood, “…whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified,” (Romans 8:30). Paul understood who he was in Christ and where he stood in Christ.
If you don’t know or understand who you are in Christ, you’ll continue apologizing for the mistakes you made in your past. You will never feel worthy to be in a relationship with a holy God. You’ll never forgive yourself and you’ll keep beating yourself up for past sins. You may get caught in what I call the vicious works cycle. The work’s cycle is when Christians try to “pay” God for His grace by performing as many works as they can for Him. We should work for the Lord because we love Him, not because we’re trying to earn His love or repay Him for His grace and mercy.
I’ve learned God graces us to be what He called us to be but each of us will operate in our anointing differently. My cousin is a Bible teacher who gets inspiration for Bible lessons from landscaping. One of my friends is a Bible teacher who gets inspiration from Disney movies and Dr. Seuss books (you should hear her lesson on “Horton Hears a Who”). I tend to get ideas for Bible lessons from books, movies, tv shows, everyday life, everywhere. I look for lessons in everything.
Overcomers have stopped comparing their gifting or calling to anyone else’s. They’ve learned comparison isn’t worth the frustration. Overcomers are comfortable and confident in who Christ created them to be. When you’re comfortable and confident, you won’t need to prove yourself to anyone nor will you compete with anyone.
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