“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it , that men should fear before Him.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-14
God does the work. In fact, God did the work, in His Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus. What He has done cannot be undone, cannot be added to, nor can it be taken from. It is a work that only He could do. Through this very work come all the blessings of God upon His children. The greatest blessing bestowed is Grace, and this we receive through our faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, simply called the Cross by Paul.
Our faith in the Cross allows the moving and operation of The Holy Spirit in our lives as God changes us from within and uses us to teach others about the eternal life giving gospel of peace. It is through His finished work therein that we find our labor. We labor to believe and to continue to believe in the Cross. We labor to enter into the rest that is therein given by God. In this rest, we surrender from our worldly attempts at self sanctification and self righteous, as God does in us what we could never do for ourselves.
In His work within us, He changes us, making us new creations through Christ, that we may do what is good in His sight and rejoice from within in serving Him. We gain the fruit of the Spirit which benefits those around us as we grow closer to God and become more like Jesus day by day. The fruit that we have, brings us a sense of Who God is and that, in turn, helps us grow all the more. Though we labor with our hands to provide for the table in the physical, it is this fruit of our spiritual growth that we partake in as the first fruits of our labor sharing openly all things. All of this is done by The Lord, separate and apart from anything we could do, unless we should lay claim to having done it. The glory is The Lord’s and no other.
So, labor, my brethren, to come closer to Christ and to enter into rest in Him. Let us wait upon Jesus to affect the changes and bring us through to the next step. As we wait, and rest, let us then rejoice in Him, and partake in the wonderful things He has given unto us already through faith and grace!
Be blessed in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May mercy and peace be with us all this day. In the Love of Christ…