Wednesday, 25 May 2022
“for it is GOD who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13 NKJV
“Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it” – Psalms 127:1a NKJV
As Christians, we are called into a supernatural life. A life that is first and foremost lived in the spirit. It is by grace that we are saved and this life is lived by grace. We have been given everything we need by grace. We didn’t earn or work for it. There is a saying that says, “when we work, GOD rests, and when we rest, GOD works on our behalf”. So, if everything is given, our part to play is just to walk in what has already been done for us and given to us. When we try hard to make things happen, we frustrate the grace of God (Galatians 2:21).
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6 NKJV. This life that we live is by divine invitation, authored and finished by Jesus. If He has begun this good work, He will complete it. Ours is just to rest in Him. Rest knowing that God finishes before He begins and that our storyline has already been written and completed (Psalms 139:16). Naturally, we want to work, and we want to feel like we are doing something, but the word of God tells us that unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
The only laboring we should be doing is laboring to enter into God’s rest. A place of trusting and believing that “it is finished”. Since He authored our story, He also works in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure. It is Him who leads and guides us so that we may be found at the right place, doing the right thing when He has something in store for us. “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, the skilful are not necessarily wealthy, and those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.” Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT.
The only laboring we should be doing is laboring to enter into God’s rest. A place of trusting and believing that “it is finished”