Work or Gift

How do you feel about work? Do you like to work? Would you rather get what you need without working for it? Is there a way to get what you need by merely believing it will be given to you? What if there is?

We all work to earn a living. There is nothing wrong with working hard. In fact, it is looked upon favorably by employers and co-workers. We often hear that you need to work hard to accomplish your dreams. From a human perspective, that is true.

On the other hand, we can get what our heart truly desires and everything we need by believing in Jesus Christ. We may not achieve our dreams. Instead, we will get something far better than our dreams. We will be gifted eternity with God.

When we work at our jobs, our pay is not a gift. It is something we are owed, something we have earned. Despite what some may believe and our general behavior, we cannot earn our way into eternity with God. It is a gift of His wondrous grace. The only requirement is that we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. But that is the tricky part, isn’t it? We can’t merely say we believe. We can’t fake it. We can’t fool God. It must be a real, heartfelt belief.

When we believe with our entire heart, we become changed. God comes to live inside us in the form of the Holy Spirit. He begins changing us from the inside out. When we believe in Jesus with our whole heart, we will never be the same again. And…that’s a good thing.

I pray we all continue to work for a living. I pray we accept the gift God is willing to give us. I pray each one of us allows the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out. Work for a living. Accept God’s gift. Accept eternity with God. Believe in Jesus with your whole heart. Be changed by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 4:4-8 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one

whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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