“For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (NASB)
GRACE is your only hope for a new start, a new life, a second chance. God’s GRACE can transform a ruined life into a productive life. That’s what happened to Paul.
Paul considered himself the most unworthy and least fit to be called an apostle. He had been directly responsible for the death and imprisonment of many Christians. He was so sorry for what he had done but there was no erasing the past. The damage had already been done. This should have ruined his chances for a relationship with God. He was “toast.”
But, that was before he realized how effective and powerful the GRACE of God was.
God’s GRACE had been showered upon him and transformed him. Looking back, he now says, “by the GRACE of God I am what I am, and His GRACE toward me did not prove vain.”
That same GRACE is offered to you. There’s nothing more you can do about your past. God’s GRACE is offered freely to you, no matter your past. Humbly receive it. It’s a gift. He offers it because He loves you. And that’s right…He loves you even while fully aware of your past.
Once you receive His GRACE you are given a second chance. In fact, your second chance involves helping others to discover the same GRACE. That’s what Jesus had in mind when He said He was going to lead His followers to become “fishers of men.”
“Fishers of men” are to be stewards of GRACE. “Fishers of men” have a message of hope to deliver. So many people wish they could have a second chance. They’ll not know unless you tell them. Go on…tell them.
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold GRACE of God.” 1Peter 4:10 (NASB)