“Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.” –1 Corinthians 15:8-10
If you’ve ever studied Paul, you know how fascinating he was. Paul (formerly known as Saul) was a man who wanted to kill Christians. He despised them until he had a personal encounter with Jesus.
I love reading about him because he offers so much wisdom and guidance for life.
In the above scriptures, Paul admits that he is not qualified to be an apostle. He addressed his past and acknowledged his faults but when he declares that through the grace of God “I am what I am” reminds me that God has the final say.
It doesn’t matter the past or the cards we’ve been dealt; the grace of God can move in situations and give you a new heart. The grace of God can turn your reputation around and use you to build the kingdom.
It doesn’t matter if you’re qualified for the position; the grace of God can show how you’ve been called towards it. It doesn’t matter what your resume says you’ve accomplished; what matters is what God is calling you to accomplish.
I am what God says I am.
God called Paul, His chosen instrument (Acts 9:15). I love how God chose Paul who was far from Him to be used in a mighty way for His glory. Paul committed his life to bring glory to God and went on to write amazing books in the new testament that still rings in our hearts today.
How are you defining yourself? When you look in the mirror; who do you see?
Let the words “I am what I am”, rest in your hearts this week and speak these affirmations to bring glory to who God says you are.