July 14, 2021

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.      1 Corinthians 15:10

I recently watched a short, two-minute video produced by The Skit Guys entitled “The Work.”  You can watch it here: THE WORK

I don’t know about you, but when I face a large task, I can experience an overwhelming sense of inadequacy.  This video had that effect on me – of feeling utterly unable to make a difference in a world that is coming apart at the seams with hate, greed, violence and ambition.  It isn’t that I am unwilling – rather than I’m almost paralyzed on wondering how to begin.

Then I read Paul’s statement in 1st Corinthians.  “I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”  If the verse is read in context, it can be seen that the “them” Paul has worked harder than are the other apostles.  In other words, he isn’t sitting around on his laurels doing nothing while suggesting other people get busy, he has been doing the work himself!   But then he catches himself, he stops in the middle of making this claim, and admits the beautiful truth:  No, no, that’s not right … it wasn’t me working harder than all of them, ‘but the grace of God that was with me.

Are you tired?  Are you discouraged?  Do you want to make a difference, but are not sure where to begin, how to get started, or where you will find the strength, the compassion, the love, and even the desire to serve the Lord?  Don’t look inward for that strength – look upward.  He will provide you with everything you need.  Take the step forward in faith, trust in Him, and one day you will see the harvest He will reap because of your willingness to be filled with the Grace of God.

Jesus said: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

About the Author: 

Ramona Thompson is a member of the Grace Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church.   Her hope is that this devotional will lift up Jesus, pointing the reader to His strength, power, grace and mercy, which is made abundantly available to all who seek Him.