Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 28, 2011
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
If you ever hold on to anything with a tight fist or take credit for His “grace work,” then you are in danger of losing His blessing. Acknowledge regularly who is responsible for the pleasant and productive things in your life. If you struggle with your lot in life, still be grateful for the grace of God that is at work in you. Your personality, your looks and the way you make a living are all a result of God’s grace. Your health, your opportunities, your goals, your aspirations and your dreams are all grace driven.
His grace is there for your recognition, reward and results. Celebrate His grace. Embrace His grace. Revel in His grace. His grace is infinite in supply and available in “real time.” Be careful not to take His grace for granted. Grace taken for granted may cease to be granted. Credit grace for its great affect in your life.
Without the grace of God, we maintain at best and are miserable at worst. Without the grace of God, we grope in the darkness of indecision and run out of steam. Without the grace of God, we are lost in our sins and servants of Satan. Without the grace of God, our heavenly rewards are meaningless and lacking. The grace of God is the glue that holds life together. It is the fuel that energizes your life. Without a doubt, grace is what God is about. It works.
The grace of God works hard. There is no conflict between grace and work. They go together. It is because of God’s grace that you work hard. Your good works are a result of grace. Grace is not a result of your works, and grace without works is dead. This is why grace work has the most impact for God’s Kingdom. Grace work transcends human effort.
Your efforts are limited without the grace of God. The grace of God can accomplish twice as much through you in half the time.
This is the pattern of grace work. You work hard; you work smart; but you work motivated and inspired by God’s grace. How do you know you are engaging in grace work and not just good work? The object of your affection is evidence of grace work. Grace work dies daily to self and lives for Christ. In celebration of its accomplishments, grace work points to God and others. Grace work is also grateful. There is a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude for those empowered by the grace of God.
And, lastly, grace work is quietly, humbly and relentlessly on point to carry out the will of God. There is no opposition or discouragement that derails grace work. Focus wins the day every time! Invite the grace of God into your work. Acknowledge God’s grace in your work. Most importantly, depend on the grace of God in your work. Grace work works smart and hard. It is Kingdom motivated and Kingdom productive. You are who you are by the grace of God. You work hard and are refreshed by God’s grace. Therefore, grace works!
Taken from Dose 65 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.
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