I know you worked very hard to get that job, buy that house, car, and to attain that good life of yours….but regardless of all that, I like to tell you that,” It’s still by grace’‘. Christian life is full of abundance of grace. The grace that open door of salvation, grace to live righteously and grace for success in our chosen field. There is nothing we can do without grace. It is not just an unmerited favour, it doubles as human enabler. Grace is to be believed, prayed for and valued.
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NLT)
The focus of this post is on the necessity of appreciating the work of grace in our lives. To think your achievement is all of your effort is to frustrate the grace of God bestowed on you. Your success and achievement is made possible by God.
WORK IS PART OF LIFE
God does command us to be hardworking in whatever we do. He strongly warns against laziness and idleness. He exemplified this by working for SIX days and He’s still working to this day. A good christian should love his or her work. Do it with sheer loyalty and commitment. Knowing that whatever we do, we are doing it as to the Lord. Col 3:23
In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17 (NIV)
Having said all that, in spite of our diligence (even though that is required), the grace of God is what gives us the strength and ability behind the scene. As believers, it is in Christ that we walk, move and have our being. It is also God that works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Phil 2:13.
GOD MUST BE HONOURED
It marvels me when I heard some people talking about their accomplishment without making any reference to the grace of God (most especially the unbelievers). Of course I know they don’t believe in God, still it makes me sick in my belle. They boast of their qualifications, efforts, certificates and smartness. While someone like Apostle Paul will stop at nothing to appreciate the grace of God in his life.
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me–and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 1 Cor 15:10 (NLT)
If lessons must be learned, Nebuchadnezzar experience would be a valuable resource. The Bible says he,’reflected‘ on his achievement and conquest, as he walked on the roof of his palace and he began to praise his efforts. And whilst he was still talking, a voice came from heaven (God cannot condone a proud person. James 4:6) to depose him of his position. The point is, God will always resist the proud. And when a man refuses to appreciate the grace of God he is proud.
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.(Eccl 5:19KJV)
AGAIN, PETER CAUGHT NOTHING!!
Peter for some reasons would not PROCEED in the ministry of evangelism committed to him and other disciples (Matt 28:19-20). Decisions that caused others six disciples to join him to go fishing. Jesus appeared to them in the morning after another failed EFFORT to catch fish. For Peter, it’s ”DEJA VU!!”. They later caught a multitude of fish after heeding to Jesus instructions.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” John 21:10 (NIV)
GIVE GOD THE GLORY WHEN PEOPLE GIVES YOU THE CREDIT
People will always give you the credit for your achievements. But don’t fall for it, right before their eyes quickly ascribe the glory to God. From the scripture above, Jesus gave the disciples the credit for catching the fish. But you and I know from the story that it wouldn’t have been possible without Jesus intervention. As children of God, we get blessed by God for following His instructions and ideas. People may not SEE God in the process, but we KNOW God is part of the process. So when we get results, they may not see God in it, still we know God is in it. That call for you and me to let them know that, ”it’s all by GRACE”. Let’s not be like King Herod, who failed to glorify God.
They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. Acts 12:22-23 (NIV)
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