1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Have you ever wondered if you can make a difference in someone’s life? I believe most people want to make a difference in others, but many feel like they are incapable. In 1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul makes it clear that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the thing that should be of utmost importance in our lives. That is a great truth because it is the gospel that changes lives. However, Paul made note of something. In verse 10, he said, “by the grace of God I am what I am.” What Paul meant by that was that it was the grace of God that rescued him from an empty life and gave him purpose. Though at one time he was on the wrong path, God changed his course. Paul went from being a man bent on destroying people to a man who sought to rescue people. He recognized that this change clearly came from God. It was God’s grace that gave him new direction.

Paul also noted that making a difference in others did take hard work. Also in verse 10, he noted that he worked harder than others to make a difference (we all can get into a little comparison game at times). However, he clarified that by saying, “though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” Paul knew that even his hard work of reaching others was really not his own doing but God working in him. Therefore, I believe he would conclude that no matter how hard he had to work in comparison to others didn’t really matter. What mattered was that he did what he could for the Lord, and the Lord worked. What was the result? Look at what he says in verse 11, “Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.” Paul at this point put away comparisons and said what really matters is that Christ was preached and people believed. That is the point we need to hear. If you really want to make a difference in someone’s life, how do you do it? Preach Jesus. For some it might be a laborious time-consuming effort; for others things may go easier. It really shouldn’t matter to us as long as Jesus is preached. Let me ask today: Are you preaching Jesus? If not start today. It doesn’t matter your past because God, through Jesus, is the one who makes you who are, and it is God that will empower you to make a difference for him. If you share Jesus, you will not fail. Just share and keep sharing. Sometimes the task will be easier and sometimes the task will be harder but the goal is the same. Preach so some believe.

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