My Journey – I am what I am #3

27 04 2009

I Corinthians 15:10 “But because of God’s grace I am what I am. And his grace was not wasted on me. No, I have worked harder than all the other apostles. But I didn’t do the work. God’s grace was with me.”

In the old Testament, when Moses asked God “who should I tell Pharoah sent me,” He answered tell him “I am” sent you. How does that apply here? Is it a cool, play on words that sounds confusing or is there a principle? The principle is as simple as “I am” is God and “I am” is Chris. This is not a humanistic view saying that humans are God. Instead, look at it this way. Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.'” We are not Gods, but made in his image and in his likeness. Therefore, I am like I am. I can reflect all that God has poured into me – His love, His mercy, His grace, His compassion, His wisdom, His Spirit and His ability to forgive. I understand that we are not equals because He extends his love and character to me and I choose to accept it.

The line – “By Gods grace, I am what I am.” It is truly a loving, compassionate God who doesn’t create and wire me so that I can be an outcast to Him. It is that same love and compassion that forms me to be drawn to Him so we can have the ultimate prize. Relationship. That grace created me to desire and love my Heavenly father. It is that relationship that brings joy, contentment and fulfillment in life. God’s grace provides me with the one thing that makes life more than existence. A relationship with God that lasts now and throughout eternity.

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