Now to the one who works, His wage is not
reckoned as a favor but as what is due. But to the
one who does not work, but believes in him who
justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as
righteousness (Rom. 4:4-5).
We are a busy people. Everyone of us, it seems, are
having more trouble finding more time to do more things.
Even our quiet times and church activities are sardined
into an already tight schedule. Church has become a state
of "doing" --a task to be accomplished. If
righteousness were to come by works, many of us would be
in the fast lane to Heaven. But God has made it clear to
us that righteousness comes by faith. It is more a state
of being than one of doing.
We may believe that, but how do we reflect that belief?
How do we make that belief more evident in our fast-paced
lives? A simple answer is to simply slow down. Simply
put. But hard to do. Schedules busting at the seems of
over-commitment make us feel powerless to live any other
way. But God says "My grace is sufficient for
you." You don't have to be doing and doing and
There are those who preach quality over quantity, saying,
"Make the most of the time you have." Good
advise. But what do you do when your "quality
time" is interrupted by thoughts of what needs done
next? No wonder Jesus said "Each day has enough
trouble of its own."
Living such hectic lives develops the mentality of
works--one of "I have to be busy for God or I'm not
being obedient to Him." Whatever happened to
"Be still and know that I am God." Or what
about Mary and Martha? Mary was BEING with the Lord Jesus
while Martha was DOING for Him. Jesus considered Mary to
be minding that which was important.
Our ability to please God does not increase with our
activity for Him, but with our time spent with Him. It is
then we discover His Grace is sufficient. Because it is
then we discover it is His grace--not our effort--that
carries us through each day.
Take some real time to spend time with our Lord.
Sacrifice some of the other activities scheduled if
necessary. You might be surprised to find that everything
that is really important is still getting done. What have
you got to lose--a headache or two? Or a possible
forthcoming ulcer? The key is to ask God what you need to
do today. You may be surprised to find your list of
things to do get shorter. Try turning your schedule
planning over to Him, and remember--His grace is
Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans
will be established (Prov. 16:3).