1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain: but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. ~ This isn’t something that Paul said to justify a life of sin nor was it an excuse that he used to stay the same and not use faith to be changed. Much of the church today has embraced that grace is a covering to live any way they choose to live and that God would cover everything. That is not grace at all. Grace is a supernatural empowering of God bestowed upon man to live a holy life, to press into spiritual things and to be changed and transformed. Paul made this statement directly after he said that he was the least of the apostles and not meet to be an apostle because he persecuted the church of God. He was saying that God in his mercy, love, and grace had shown mercy towards Paul and made him an apostle even when he was at one point in his life in direct opposition to God. Paul also stated that the grace of God was not bestowed upon him in vain. This means that by faith, Paul accessed this grace, this power and labored to press into spiritual things. He applied himself to learning and being changed by pursuing the Lord through prayer, fasting, and study of scriptures. This same grace has been bestowed upon you and me.
Let us not let the grace of God be in vain but let us rise up like Paul did and make the determination to pursue the Lord so that we might come into the fullness of who God has created us to be.