1 Corinthians 15:1-11
15 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. 9 For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.
10 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 11 So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.
Paul repeats the core of what we are to believe–Christ died, was buried, and was resurrected! Then Paul focuses on himself in the phrase “Not I, but Christ who was working thorough me by his grace.” My prayer is that God would continue to work through me by his grace!
I am reminded that his working through me is based on his grace, not on me. How humbling! It’s not me that makes the difference–it’s his grace. So like Paul, I want to work hard, but not for the credit. All that is a result of God’s grace. And when I have that perspective, I am humbled!