“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
The same Paul who earlier persecuted the church had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ (see Acts 9). After that encounter on the road to Damascus, Paul became a different person and lived a life devoted solely to Jesus Christ. Although Paul remembered what he did to the church, he didn't try to change who he was. Paul didn't live in the past. He didn't spend all his time trying to convince people he was a changed man. He lived a life that proved he was. Acknowledging his past, Paul said, "...by the grace of God I am what I am."
And we can do the same thing. We don’t have to try to prove to people that we’ve changed. We don’t have to try to convince people of our calling or gifting. We need to let our light shine so people will see it and glorify God.
If you want to make a difference that will outlive you, stop trying to blend in, stop trying to emulate others. Stand boldly and declare with Paul, “...I am what I am,” and then go do the things God called and ordained you to do.
Noah, Joseph, Moses, Hannah, David, Mary, and Paul are just some of the people in the Bible who walked by faith and made a difference with their lives. The Bible records their stories, and to this day, people all over the world find comfort, encouragement, and strength because of the differences they made with their lives.
We too can make a difference with our lives that will outlive us when we:
1. Follow God’s Instructions
2. Live A Life of Favor
3. Live Outside Our Comfort Zones
4. Trust the Power of Prayer
5. Walk by Faith
6. Submit to God’s Will
7. Be Ourselves
Aretha Grant serves her local church as a bible teacher and elder. She loves writing and is the author of Overcomer: 25 Keys to Walking Victoriously. Aretha resides in Hagerstown, MD with her husband and two youngest children. You can read Aretha’s blog at www.arethagrant.com.
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