Many times we look upon the grace of God as that which only saves us from what our sin would otherwise have brought us. While grace does save us from undesired circumstances and judgments, it does more then we sometimes recognize. It is God’s grace that makes you what you are today as you have faith in Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul states, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.” Too often we look at the poor or homeless and say, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” While this is true, there is also a tendency to imply that the grace of God is not with the poor or homeless or else they would not be in that situation. The fact is we are where we are by the grace of God.
Let me ask. Have you ever seen someone driving out of the driveway of their million dollar home, in their hundred thousand dollar vehicle, wearing their one thousand dollar suit and said, “There, but for the grace of God, go I?” Well, try it. It’s true! As we follow Christ, what we are and have, comes by the Grace of God. Whether we have little or much it is by God’s grace as long as we are following Him. Indeed, to gain the whole world by following our own devices, is to reap eternal consequences just the same as if we become poor because we follow our own devices. But as we follow Jesus, we are rich in the true riches whether we are poor or rich in the things of the world. And we can be assured in following Him, we are what we are by His abundant grace. -- Ben