Sufficiency of Grace

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 doing.
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 sufficient.

Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established (Prov. 16:3).


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