“For I am the least [worthy] of the apostles, who am not fit or deserving to be called an apostle, because I once wronged and pursued and molested the church of God [oppressing it with cruelty and violence].
But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect).
In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me.
So, whether then it was I or they, this is what we preach and this is what you believed [what you adhered to, trusted in, and relied on].”
1 Corinthians 15:9-11 (Amplified Bible)
Today I had a fresh encounter with the grace of God.
It became more apparent of how without the grace of God, I would not be where I am today.
I can truly say that I am who I am, and I’m doing what I’m doing because of the grace of God working in my life.
For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to be living and working in Vietnam?
For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to part of God’s redemptive plan for Vietnam?
For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to be meeting some of the people who I got to know and serve with in Vietnam of whom I know that I would not have met in normal circumstances?
I can only say that it is His grace that makes an unworthy person like me to be considered worthy to be used by God.
It is His grace that humbles me to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and compels me to live a life of submission to His will.
G.R.A.C.E…. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.