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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

 

Work of the Lord vs. Lord of the work


How often do we rely too much on God and neglect the work that he calls us to do, whether in evangelization or in our own growth in holiness? And how often do we rely on our own strength, doing the "work of the Lord" but neglecting the "Lord of the work"? Both approaches are fraught with danger. The first one can leave us feeling fruitless and frustrated; the second can leave us full of ourselves or worn out and dispirited. But the middle way -- the way of cooperation between divine grace and human work -- brings not only fruitfulness but refreshment and joy as well.

It's an interesting combination, isn't it? We need to humble ourselves and recognize that we are weak without the Lord. But we also need to believe that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). God wants to convince us that we can victorious in our lives no matter what circumstances we face, no matter what our weaknesses are, and no matter how many times we have falled in the past.

-WAU


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