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 and His royal priesthood and 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 praise and 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?