The active grace of God is readily available to us. God wants us to tap into that grace to do what He wants us to do, when He wants us to do.
Don’t Hang Up On God
Many times we feel led to do something good. But we somehow try to resist it. And prefer not to do it and end up forgetting it.
We tend to ignore that, probably because we think it was just a random thought.
But what if it is not? What if it is from God?
Active Grace for Good Works
Every good and perfect gift is from Him. There are talents and gifts God has placed in us to build His kingdom. But we hardly notice the other portion of His gifts to us.
He has also set apart a good portion of good works as His gift to us.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
He has prepared these good works for us even before the foundations of the world. And He expects us to walk in them for His glory.
Exercise The Active Grace of God
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
We have been saved not by our works, but by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. But we are saved to demonstrate His righteousness upon this earth. We do so by performing the good works He has appointed for us.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. – Philippians 2:12 – 13
We have to work out our own salvation with fear. In other words, we have to preserve the salvation the Lord has given us by performing our portion of good works.
It is not our good works that qualify us to go to heaven. But it is His grace, His work on the cross alone that qualifies us to make it to heaven.
However, we cannot ignore the good works He has appointed for us. That would be intentional disobedience. It is rebellion.
Active Grace For The Thief
Even the thief on the cross performed his portion of the good work that was appointed for him. He functioned in the active grace of God that was readily available to him and ended up evangelizing before he was about to die.
He proclaimed who Jesus is to the other thief who mocked. It was the good work that God had ordained for him, and he did well.
You Don’t Have To Be Born With A Silver Spoon
When we consider good works, these are not works that only incredibly talented prodigies, like ‘born with the gift’ kind of people can do.
Many times what the Lord is asking us to do is based on our willingness. Willingness to make the right decisions. Like speaking words of hope into somebody’s life, being there for someone, or praying over somebody even if He wakes us up in the middle of the night. These are the works that require only our willingness to be obedient.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23 – 24
We shall receive the reward of the inheritance when we do everything as to the Lord and not to men. Heaven is our inheritance through the Lord Jesus. He has saved us so that we can work out our own salvation by walking in the good works he has prepared for us.
Delayed Obedience is Disobedience
Procrastination is a form of rebellion. And rebellion is equated to witchcraft. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. – 1 Samuel 15:23
By delaying to obey, we are also placing the people that are connected to us at risk. As believers, let us be attentive and quick to respond to the Lord’s call, be it in season or out of season.