GOT GRACE? GOT GRACE EFFECTS?

Not long ago a Scripture really jumped out at me, and I thought to myself what a great inscription for my epitaph. No, I am not being morbid, nor am I making an announcement about my impending death. However, I will say that the freedom of living without the fear of death because of our Lord Jesus Christ, does make dealing with the reality of my future death a whole heck of a lot easier to accept!

The Scripture for my possible epitaph?

By the grace of God I am what I am,

and His grace to me was not without effect.

1 Corinthians 15:10

By the grace of God I am what I am. And what I know I am is:

a forgiven sinner.

a new creation.

a temple for God’s Spirit.

a servant of God.

a child of God.

a friend of God.

a citizen of Heaven.

an ambassador of Christ.

an oak of righteousness.

a warrior.

a sheep.

a member of the Body of Christ, His royal priesthood, His holy nation.

a work in progress that God will bring to completion.

God’s grace to me was not without effect. God’s grace – God’s eternally effective, powerfully transforming grace – is the deep and all-consuming truth of which I am convinced. God’s grace changed everything in my life. God’s grace changed me.

I was broken – I am healed.

I was in bondage – I am set free.

I was fearful – I am courageous.

I planned death – God planned life.

I was hatefully treated – I forgave.

I hated – I love.

So, in my life (and possibly on my epitaph) I want it known and I want to proclaim – all for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ:

By the grace of God I am what I am,

and His grace to me was not without effect.

1 Corinthians 15:10

How about you? Got Grace? Got Grace Effects? Got an idea for your living epitaph?