"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I laboured even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me."
1 Corinthians 15:10
It's a scary thought that God's identity-imparting, labour-empowering grace can "prove vain" in our lives - in can go to waste and be ineffective. What a scary thought, that the most powerful, life-transforming force available to us has the potential to be unfruitful and unproductive.
As God's amazing grace surrounds and consumes us, we have a responsibility to maximize and "exhaust" the inexhaustible grace of God (Eph. 2:7; Rom. 2:4). By God grace, it's each Christian's responsibility to be all that Christ redeemed and recreated us to be. Here are some questions that can help us aim for spiritual growth and fruitfulness.
WHAT: What is Christ's vision for my life? If I am a "new creation" (2 Cor. 5:17), then what does that exactly look like in me? What is Christ calling me to do? What's my divine mandate - the purpose heaven commissioned me for?
WHO: Who is God calling me to reach? Who has the Father called me to be in spiritual family with? Who has God called me to serve? Who is God calling me to lead? Who do I need to become to fulfill my purpose?
WHERE: Where does God want me to be planted - what church, what spiritual community/family? Where does God want me to serve? Where has God sent or commissioned me to proclaim His gospel, love, and power?
WHEN: How can I re-prioritize and rearrange my schedule so it serves God's purposes for my life? What do I need to stop doing in my schedule and what do I need to schedule more of?
WHY: Why is it crucial for me to know and live out my identity and purpose? What are the consequences if I miss God's purpose for my life and waste His grace? What will it mean to my life and to the glory of God if I fulfill all that He's called me to do?