Sunday, November 15, 2009
Action and Reaction
“But by the grace of God I am what I am , and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary , I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but God’s grace with me.” 1 Cor. 15:10
Paul here in one sentence shows us how to work with God in our lives. Yes work with God, not God work for us. Paul also talks about how grace is good, but he shows us that though you may be saved by grace, and God may be moving in your life, it is important that you just don’t let His grace sit there. While you are saved by His grace but that you are moved to action, and moved to take His grace and impact the world around you. God’s grace isn’t supposed to be just a one time thing but a starting point for your life to move.
Paul’s lesson here is quite unique. I am quite frequently a Christian of stillness. I sit rather than move. I am a slouch. I rest in the past and not moved to move. But here Paul refreshes me and says that God’s grace should move us, it should compel us, it should be at the core of our being an ignition to do. God saved us for a purpose, and now we must respond to His grace. What things am I supposed to be striving for. Who or where does God want me next. What are some of the adventures God wants to take me on. By my static movement, am I missing out on something amazing?
Lord my actions may not always reflect my appreciation of your grace, but Lord this reminder was exactly what I needed. Today I want it to be a day of action. A day of explosion, a day of starting, a day of movement.