I Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
GRACE IS NOT VAIN
Do you remember the song “You’re So Vain”? If you do, you are telling your age. Lol Being vain is NOT a good thing. You think too much of yourself and even less of others. But that’s not the meaning of this verse. What is Paul saying here?
Actually, the Greek word for “vain” means “hollow” or “empty.” Isn’t that great? God’s grace toward us is not hollow or empty. God’s grace is full and limitless. It is full and rewarding. It is anything but empty.
Think of all the things you give your children. Think of all the things you do for them. Are any of those “in vain”? Of course not! All we do as parents for our children has a purpose, or at least they should. We have the opportunity everyday to teach our kids why we are doing what we are doing for them. We should be always pointing them in the direction of Christ.
Now, do your kids always appreciate what you do or give? No! But let me ask you this – Do you always appreciate the grace God has extended you? Probably not! We are ungrateful little kids sometimes. We don’t realize that everything in our lives is simply due to the grace of God. The last part of the verse even says “yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
Let the grace of God reign supremely in your life. Let nothing in your life be in vain. Let all your actions point to Him, not to yourself. That would be vain!