Worked Harder // 1 Corinthians 15:10

“But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me – and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through my by His grace.” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NLT)

Over the last few weeks I have been blessed with getting to know someone that God has led into my life. I have been even more blessed to watch this person boldly grow in Christ. Stepping out in faith to express the deeper feelings that most choose to hide. I myself have felt the urge to consistently express myself & the things God reveals to me through this blog, but sadly have consistently shy’d away from it. It’s funny how when I started this blog I felt the best name for it was “FromGideonToJesus” which would line up with the consistent fear I have with the things God has called me to do…  I’m very thankful at how God will continually use others to cause change and inspiration that brings us closer to Him… Now, please enjoy the unedited expressions of my heart trying to become more like Jesus…

This scripture has been very heavy on my heart for a few weeks now. Just simply picking it apart piece by piece trying to wrap my mind around the immense power and truth behind Paul’s words to the Corinthian church. The way that Paul clearly understood that God’s special favor was poured out on His life, but still worked harder than any of the other apostles. Paul fully understood that although God’s special favor was on his life, it would still require work.

I think this truth needs to apply to all areas of our life. That each and every accomplishment will require work on our part, but it is only by God’s grace that we are able to put in that work. Seriously, it’s incredible to think that each and every moment, each and every keystroke as I type this blog is only possible because of God’s grace. All the things God has called us to do will take an unimaginable amount of work each and every day of our life, but we don’t need to worry because His grace will sustain us in all the adventures He calls us to. That’s the beauty of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life.

I’ve been blessed with the ability to read. Yes, the ability to simply read. This beautiful blessing from God has enabled me to put in extra work to expand my knowledge of Him through others hard work. Recently I have been reading a book by Jack Hayford called, “Rebuilding the Real You.” I haven’t been able to truly dive in deep into the depths of this book but it is ministering to me in so many ways. It’s an in depth study on the book of Nehemiah. I can’t wait to share and express the truths God reveals through this book. In his book he says, “Your salvation solves the problem of your relationship with God, but it doesn’t always dissolve the problems in your life. It opens the doorway to solutions, but it is only by walking through that door and patiently pursuing that way that those problems will finally be resolved.” The Holy Spirit directs our growth, but it still requires work on our part.

Just as Paul was covered in God’s special favor as we all are; he still had to put in the work that God’s grace allowed for him to do. Same goes for us all… We are covered in God’s special favor… We have the Holy Spirit as a guide to help us become the people that God needs us to be, but it takes work on our behalf. Come back to truth, come back to God, come back to the real you that God needs you to be… This world needs us all to be who God has called us to be…

Receive His special favor but don’t stop there. Work as hard as possible according to God’s grace so you can be in the fullness of what God has for your life…

Love wins… Grace wins…

-Panda

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