Let me never rise above the place of a sinner saved by grace. “What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (I Corinthians 4: 7) We have nothing, know nothing, and can do nothing unless it be given us by the sovereign hand of grace. Everything that has taken place in our lives to bring us to this place is altogether owing to the grace and mercy of God. Apart from his intervention there would be no difference in us and the vilest devil out of hell. Nothing could be more out of place than for a believer to be proud and arrogant. In Proverbs 6 we are told of seven things which the Lord hates and which are an abomination unto him and at the top of the list is a proud look. Let us all therefore ask this question often, “Who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou didst not receive it?” All believers share a common ground; they are all saved by grace. God chose them in Christ, predestinated them unto adoption, provided for them a substitute and redeemer, called them out of darkness, and preserves them by his own presence in them, and finishes the work he has begun. And all this he does to the praise of the glory of his grace.
Darvin Pruitt, Pastor Grace Baptist Church Taylor, Arkansas