It’s OK to Work at It Ecclesiastes 7-9 and Ephesians 4
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It’s OK to Work at It
Ecclesiastes 7-9 and Ephesians 4
Work at it. God is not opposed to our effort so let’s work at it. We have to work at it because effort is what it’s going to take. And our work is an act of participation with God, It’s a testimony of our inclusion into the life and love of God. it’s not done in exchange for his favor or love, no, he has already included us and loved us, our work is a response to what we have become. His Children. So we work, we participate, we respond, we share in the ministry of Christ in this world now. And we all get to do this. Not just the hired folks, the pastors and teachers, the people who speak for a living, not we are all a part of God’s Kingdom work. In Ephesians 4:3 we’re told that we are to make every effort to keep ourselves unified in the Spirit. Make the effort by throwing off those old attitudes and behaviors that lead to hopelessness. Instead, work at stepping into and training your heart in new attitudes that lead to life and hope and a future. Ephesians 4:4 says you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. But you have to work at it.
We are to make every effort to renew our mind, and thoughts and attitudes. We do that by hearing and applying the Gospel to our lives, daily. We have to work at that. We have to receive the Good News of Christ’s sufficiency, daily, by faith. We have to remind our hearts daily that his grace is sufficient for all that we face. We need to rest in his love and care for us every day. This is a worthy effort that God honors. Jesus says
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Mt 7:8 NLT)
That will require effort but the strength will be His. The Spirit of Christ, living in and through us, will be the strength that enables us to work at it. The Good news of Christ will be the thing that renews our heart, mind and attitude. Then we can begin to experience that glorious hope for the future that we have in him.