God’s Part, Man’s Part

“Nor do I count my life of value to myself, so that I may joyfully finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.”

— Acts 20:24

Some people think of trusting in God as if they don’t need to do anything else— just sit back on their lazy chair, watch TV or read a book, while God does all the work. Instead, we should take that guarantee of God, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 nkjv), and trust in Him. Let me point out to you that doesn’t mean that you just rest and wait for God to drop all of these blessings down the chimney. It means that you work harder.

Look at the Apostle Paul as an example. He was an indefatigable worker, and he never stopped. God used Paul in absolutely great ways because he was so committed to the task at hand. He was a tentmaker, and he refused gifts from many churches because he didn’t want to be a burden to them. But he was most concerned about the kingdom of God and the glory of Christ and the salvation of men and women.

Where do those things rank in your list of priorities? Only you and God know. Taking God at His guarantee involves taking Him as Lord and Savior and Master. This is the One who died in agony for your sins, the One who loves you eternally and infinitely, the One who has redeemed you, the One who adopted you into His family and made you His heir. This is the One, Jesus Christ. Let Him use you for His glory and others’ good.

Lord, forgive me for my spiritual laziness. Give me strength for today to serve You diligently. Thank You that in Christ we can do all things You set before us…