Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 1, 2014
“But by the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
A self-made man is the antithesis of a grace made man. A self-made man becomes desperate for God on occasion, as when a crisis occurs— but a grace made man is continually desperate for God, since he sees himself as a needy man. A self-made man struggles to give God the glory for his accomplishments, but the grace made man is quick to give Christ the credit for his success. Grace brings out the best in humble hearts.
Furthermore, a grace made man’s work is led by the Spirit. Gratitude governs grace-based behavior into focused diligence. A man or woman motivated by the grace of God works for an audience of One. Their godly ambition has an eternal allegiance that no earthly boss can inspire. So, we work hard because God’s grace is at work within us. Is your work and life a divine portrait of grace? If so, you are attractive, beautiful to behold. God’s grace makes the man; man does not make the man. “T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…and Grace will lead us home.” (Amazing Grace, the hymn)
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.” Romans 12:3
Related Readings: 1 Samuel 2:7; 2 Corinthians 11:23; Colossians 1:29; Philippians 2:13
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