Give Credit Where It’s Due
There is one thing that friends commonly tell us that grates on me a little. They don’t mean it in a bad way, and I need to receive their words with love and graciousness. But when they say it, I try to put a slightly different slant on it.
What they say goes something like this:
“It is amazing what your family has done, moving to Allendale.”
“You guys have shown great faith by giving up what you had in Greenville.”
I appreciate their sentiments. But I also want to be careful that we don’t get the praise. What we need to focus on is not any faithful follower, but on our faithful God and Savior.
Here’s the thing — if Jesus created us and laid down His life for us, then what we have done makes perfect sense. If (or, since) He has proven Himself faithful, should I not expect that He will do so again? And if He has given us the Holy Spirit, His good works (= “fruit”) should be a natural thing (Galatians 5:22-23).
Conversely, if we didn’t believe in Jesus, then, yes, maybe what we have done is confusing and inspiring. But as it is, we only do what we do because of what the Lord has done in our lives.
When it comes to faithfulness, let’s give credit where credit is due.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate your encouragements. But what we have done is not “amazing.” What we have done is an amazing work of our sovereign Father, our gracious Savior, and our powerful Holy Spirit.
In a sermon last month, as Grace Church has been teaching through the Gospel of Luke, Matt Williams gave a plug for serving in Allendale. More generally, he was talking about the concept that followers are known by their fruit.
“The question is not if you will go, but how you will go.”
You have been given grace and life. Will you give the same to Allendale?
Consider these 6 Compelling Reasons You Need to Move to Allendale.
Or, at the least, ask yourself this, “If I truly had faith in the Lord, what would I do now?”
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” James 2:14
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