1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
One of the greatest principles within the realm of this one piece of scripture is that God does not waste His grace. Have you ever thought to yourself “that seems like a waste?” Have you ever seen someone purchase something and think that the money seemed wasted because it could have been spent on someone else? Have you ever watched someone do something and think to yourself that they were wasting their time? There may have been times in your life you felt so unworthy, unappreciated, and undervalued that you thought God could have used His grace on someone else. There have been times when like Paul, I have felt like the least of the least and the worst of the worst. When God starts to distribute His grace we can oftentimes question His motives or purpose. This truth reminds us that God does not waste grace. Therefore, we should not waste grace.
Paul says “by the grace of God, I am what I am.” This is a general statement that comes with profound meaning. It is not just a verse that identifies him but it is a verse that reminds him of God’s purpose within the realm of our own lives. We must realize that when he says, “I am what I am” he is saying that I am where I am, I am doing what I am doing, and I am being what I am being by God’s favor. He is also saying that because of God’s grace that he is laboring harder and doing more than anybody. Someone may look at this and think Paul is sounding arrogant. You may think, “What gives him the right to think he is working harder than someone else?” We must realize that Paul is not bragging about himself, but he is boasting of God’s grace. At the same time, he is declaring that he refuses to waste God’s grace by doing nothing. I would go as far as to say that Paul is saying that it is grace that is causing him to labor harder than anyone.
I want you to think long and hard about something: are you wasting God’s grace. A person that declares themselves to be Christian and is doing nothing is wasting grace. The sideline was never a place for a Christian. God did not apply grace to our lives so that we could sit idle and do nothing. The application of grace is the catalyst that causes Christian service. The application of grace is what motivates us through the grind of life. A lack of labor is a waste of grace. A lack of Christian service is a waste of God’s grace. Don’t waste God’s grace.