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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 his love. No. He's already included us and loved us, before we did a thing, 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. And we all get to do this. Not just the hired folks, the pastors and teachers, the people on the platform who speak for a living. No, 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 united 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 our hearts, in new attitudes that lead to life and hope, and a future. Ephesians 4:4 says that 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, our thoughts and attitudes. We do this in part, by hearing and applying the gospel to our lives. We have to work at that we have to receive the good news of Christ 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, Matthew 7:8, eight for everyone who asks receives everyone who seeks finds, and to everyone who knocks the door will be opened. 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 do the work. The Good News of Christ will be the thing that renews our hearts, our minds and our attitudes, then we can begin to experience that glorious hope for the future that we have in him. The Good News of Christ will point us to the one who renews all things, including our hearts, then we can begin to experience that glorious hope for the future that we have in him right now. And that's the prayer that I have for my own soul. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife, my daughters, my son. And that's prayer that I have for you may be so
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