By His grace alone

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I was cleaning my blog and editing old posts from long ago when I suddenly remembered 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

I could not believe the things I wrote then. If you will go back to my old posts, you will notice how emotionally disturbed I was. I had posts expressing loneliness, grief, longing, anger, frustration-- the list of negatives went on.

My worldview was clearly far from God's. I looked at things from a self-centered perspective, weighing events according to their benefit to the selfish "I". I wanted attention. I demanded love. 

The Pau four or five years ago is someone I don't want to meet today. He's too preoccupied with his life, too focused on his ambitions, too far away from God.

But I am writing this post today as an encouragement to everyone who feels disappointed with his walk with the Lord. If you ask me, I'm among the more difficult group of people to share Jesus to. But I thank God for those people whom He used to reveal His truth to me.

Above all, I thank Him for His grace. It is all because of God's mercy that He plucked a wretched man such as I and transformed him slowly into someone more and more like Christ. I could not boast about anything. I could not say that He saved me because I was a good person, because I know that I am not, based on God's standards.

I also could not boast about my transformation because only His Spirit changed me day by day for His glory.

God truly chooses the most unlikely people and turns them into His servants. He chooses not based on looks or ethnicity or intellect. He chooses out of His free grace. And those whom He chooses, He keeps as His own forever.

You may feel unworthy or far from God right now, but let me encourage you that one can never be too far away from God's grace. He changed me and continues to change me. He can change you as well as you seek Him through Jesus Christ.

May God bless you more!

In Christ,


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