To this end I labor, striving with all His energy working powerfully within me. – Colossians 1:29 Berean Study Bible
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND- To what END do you strive, labor and work? Do you believe you do anything, outside of sinning without GODS working IN you and THROUGH you? Out of ALL the good works we might do in our life, what can we take credit for? “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10) Even if you have been blessed to be used by God in great ways- it is HIM WHO IS DOING IT! He set up the experience, HE prepared you for the opportunity and HE SHALL GET THE CREDIT, the GLORY.
Leader, we can’t take credit for the good works we are allowed to do, that CHRIST has PRE-ORDAINED for us to do. What about the fact that at least we accepted Him, and we LOVE HIM, that is more than most. You get some credit there…right? NO! You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16) In the 13th chapter of John, after Jesus had washed the disciple’s feet and He is telling them that He will be betrayed by one of the 12 he said, “”I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. (John 13:18a) So we can’t take credit for choosing HIM- for HE chose us first and that is why we CHOOSE HIM. just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love. (Ephesians 1:4) You are BLESSED, be a blessing to others.
Conduit, if we can’t take credit for being a CHRISTIAN and we can’t take credit for the good works we do- who are you bragging about in your life? Rule # 1 about being a FOLLOWER of Christ, being a COMMITTED CHRISTIAN is: It is NOT about us- It is about HIM! Who gets the GLORY in your life? Who gets credit, or accolades from how you live your life and the impact you have? If you are getting GLORY, if you are feeling good about what you are doing then your FOCUS IS ON THE WRONG THING! We do what WE DO and the WAY we do it- because GOD CALLS US TO and prepares us TO. We are CALLED to do all things to the GLORY OF GOD! Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23). And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17) It is one thing to take God’s money and use if for your good- HE OWNS 100%, not some little 10% tithe and HE OWNS all the GLORY TOO! Live your life and point to CHRIST- NO SHARED GLORY!