As A Matter of Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 234)
1 Corinthians 15:10a (NLT)
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results.
At one time or another, we have all heard the phrase, “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.” Additionally, we have heard such advice as, “if you want something, you must work for it.” The Bible itself tells us, “if a man doesn’t work, he won’t eat.” History shows that this country wasn’t just created. It came into existence by the “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” of men and women who worked for it. Everything about the American way of life teaches us that in order to get something, we must be willing to work for it.
There is such a thing as work ethic. And if you’re going to get anywhere in life, you have to be willing to work. Nothing will just be given to you. God wants us to work to fulfill the plan and purpose he has given to us with our whole hearts, minds, and souls. However, unlike human beings, God does not treat us according to our performance or lack thereof. He doesn’t give us what we deserve. Instead, everything He does for us, gives to us, and blesses us with, is all a matter of grace.
We as human beings like to think that we are all powerful and that something great has come about because of our mere effort. But it is God who gives us the mind and the will and the strength to go to work and to put in the time and sweat to bring anything to pass. It is God who gives us air to breathe and water to drink and who enables our brains and our bodies to function in a manner appropriate for work. Everything we have down to the next breath we take is all a matter of the grace of God.
Without grace, we can do nothing. Without grace, we are nothing. With grace, we can do anything through God who gives us the power to do it. Whatever we are and whatever we have and whatever we are able to do, is all a result of the amazing grace of God. You can’t earn grace. You can work every day for a thousand years and you’ll never be able to match even a quarter of the grace God has given to you. This is why we should live humbly before God because His grace is a gift that we will never be able to repay.
“And as grace is free, so is it sure. Nothing can change, or alter, or turn away sovereign grace.”
— Alexander Whyte