Philippians 2:13- for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
It is amazing to see how we take advantage of God’s powerful grace. I wonder if it is sometimes misunderstood when shown outside of sin? I recently had a conversation with a friend who long to receive a promotion. This person felt undervalued, overlooked and abused. Diving deeper into the conversation we were able to uncover that his thoughts were misplaced. He was unable to see God’s grace and favor in serving from his current position. He truly was straying towards his own desires than God’s plans.
I thought, ahh, the “saving grace” of God. God’s grace is there to greet us each morning. I sometimes wonder how many pay attention to this. God’s grace comes from the love he has for each of us. It is a gift that we cannot buy, earn or deserve. Without God's grace, there can be no salvation since grace is fundamental to salvation. (Eph. 2:4-9).
“God will never ask you to do anything he doesn’t give you the ability and the power to do. That power and ability is called grace.” To me, this was the lesson learned from the above conversation. Today’s verse is a reminder for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Today I encourage you to pay attention to God’s powerful grace in your life and write down the many ways his grace has saved you.
Thank you for the reminder that it is you who work in me to act in order to fulfill your good purpose. I pray that all your children remain aware of the power of your grace in their life and that they become more obedient to your good purpose for them. I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!