I Am What I Am

1 Corinthians 15:10(a)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect…

“I’m no saint. We all make mistakes!”

We’ve all heard it a million times from the movie star to the sports icon to our co-worker. But what strikes me as interesting are two errors associated with the idea. If we dig a little deeper, we’ll uncover the treasure.

First, if you’re a Christian, you ARE a saint. You might not be factually acting like one, but, you are. You may not be “sainting” very well, but you are a saint. Don’t let the facts get in the way of the truth. You are holy. You have been set apart. The truth is, you were saved by grace and the grace alone. The best gift you can give back to God is to live like you believe it. Live forgiven. Live redeemed. Live holy. Live who you are…a saint set apart for the work and glory of God.

Second, Paul writes, “I am who I am” (if only we could treasure his comment for a few moments). His comment can easily be misconstrued. Paul is not shrugging his shoulders with open palms saying, “I sinned, oh well.” What Paul IS saying is that he accepts his warts and personality as the way God created him and turns them over to God to be redeemed for the glory of God. He is pressing on. He’s not settling for his own excuses, but, he is recognizing that God created him with intrinsic value because he was created in the image of God.

We’d do well to quit wishing we were somebody else. To quit the self-loathing. To quit trying to act like somebody else (yes, pastors, we’re the worst). To quit despising who God made us to be because of our past mistakes.

You are what you are right now. Thank God for that.

Posted on May 14, 2014 .