By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . . —1 Corinthians 15:10
I still remember from childhood Popeye’s refrain, “I am what I am and that’s all what I am. I’m Popeye the Sailor man… toot toot.” It’s a good thing to know what we are. I was watching a movie last night and was saddened by the words of one character, “Who am I?” It’s crucial to know who we are. In doing so precision is crucial. It’s prideful to think we are more than we are and an insult to our Creator to be falsely humble.
Some like to say they are just “a sinner saved by grace.” True enough that we WERE sinners, but through the miracle of salvation and sanctification we are SAINTS. That doesn’t mean we are perfect; but He has sanctified us enough to allow us to be in His presence.
Conversely, the things that sound humble before God may sound exactly the opposite to people. To say, “Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,” is in God’s eyes the purest expression of humility. It means you have so completely surrendered yourself to God that you know He is true. Never worry about whether what you say sounds humble before others or not. But always be humble before God, and allow Him to be your all in all. As Kerry told us Sunday, we worry too much about what others think.
There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life.
Is there any greater blessing that that?
My God Thank You.
For Your Son, whose love for me is still beyond my understanding.
For Rosemary, whose love for me for over 40 years is also beyond my understanding.
For Allison, whose beauty, growth and energy, make me want to demand that she take a blood test to assure myself that I am her father.
For Jason, whose time with me was limited and whom I miss.
For Jessica, whose life is still new and whose potential is great.
For Martha, whose view of life makes me look at things from new prespectives.
For Nicholas, whose enthusiasm energizes me.
For Samantha, who still thinks crawling on PawPaw’s lap is okay.
For Kaydence, who is still young enough to think I’m pretty great.
For Donna, who is old enough to know I’m really not.
For brothers and sisters who I don’t see enough, but who, when I do, still remind me of the wonderful years of my youth.
For my church and its leaders who encourage, bless and strengthen me.
For Kairos, for allowing me a place to minister where I can’t mess it up.
For America, for reminding me if you want to be great you can’t rely on your past, you better work today to ensure your tomorrow.
For a world so beautiful, that I can never forget there’s a awesome God.
For all the blessings too numerous to mention, but too good to ever forget.