HE WORKS IN US TO WORK HIS WORK
(Speaking of David)—“For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the LORD worked a great salvation for all Israel.” —I Samuel 19:5
In this verse we can see both the work of God and the work of man working together. First and always it is the Lord who works through us. Yes, David picked up five stones as he approached the Philistine, Goliath. From the human standpoint David was no match for this bulk of a man. He was close to ten feet tall. Yet the Lord put it in David’s heart what to do and how to do it. The Lord had given David the skill to be able to accomplish what He wanted. Yes, undoubtedly David had much practice with the sling and stone, but it was the Lord that gave Him this ability. So it is with any ability we have. Yes, we may practice our instrument, our sport, our vocation… but ultimately it is our Lord who gave the ability in the first place and it is He who is to get the glory.
This can be seen in First Corinthians 3:5-10— “For we are God’s fellow workers.” There are those who “plant” the seed of God’s Word in people’s lives. Then there are others who “water” the seed of God’s Word, but it is God who causes that seed to grow. Those who plant and water do so for one purpose— to see the seed sprout and grow. They trust God to make it grow. It is our Lord who “assigned to each his task” and this is all by God’s grace. Yes, it is He who gets the glory and honor and it is our privilege and responsibility to serve Him.
So, whether our Lord saves people from the circumstances of life or saves people from sin, He gets the honor and glory. It is His work that He works through the works He does in us and has given us— all praise to Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuuZMg6NVeA
Dear Father may I be faithful with the work you have given me as You work in and through me. I truly understand that anything I do that has eternal positive impact is because of You. Be pleased to work in and through me to accomplish Your desires. It is my desire to be a vessel ready for Your use in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus my Lord. May it be so!