They that wait unto the lord shall renew their strength, when these words were written in the book of Isaiah who knew that waiting would be so hard. Sometimes it’s hard to wait for God to reveal the plan for our lives, or a blessing, or that thing we have been praying for, but in waiting the writer tells us we get stronger. I know that you may feel like giving up and God seems to be taken his precious time as you wait, but I beg you don’t give up or quit. Waiting does not equal stagnation or lack of action. As we wait on a particular thing we should keep living for God, keep striving in life and keep progressing. As we continually push forward we may just accomplish or get that thing we have been waiting on or realize that we didn’t need that thing we have been waiting on to live an abundant life. So if you were waiting for God’s promise in your life by sitting on the sidelines, I urge you to get up and continue to live. Lord give me the strength to keep moving while I wait on you.
Our theme for the month of March continues to be: “The Gift of Grace” from the text: Ephesians 2:8-10.
In this text, the apostle Paul makes two bold, deliberate and life-changing declarations:
- You are saved.
- You are God’s workmanship.
Firstly, you are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and to God alone be all the glory. Like so many today, I didn’t always understand, nor appreciate this truth. I grew up in an era where salvation was a set of do’s and dont’s – more dont’s than do’s. Consequently, like so many of my peers, I served God out of fear of losing what I thought I could lose. Hence, in the process I lost the joy of living. But now, I know that God loves me too much to have me living on the ‘edge’ – in doubt – in fear. “For God has not giving us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power and of a sound mind.” In fact, I now know that there is no fear in love; for perfect love casts out fear. I am now free to live the abundant life – life to the fullest, with joy!
Secondly, you are God’s workmanship created unto good works. It’s truly amazing that we who were once slaves to sin are now created – born anew – given a new nature that not only gives us a desire to do good, but actually enables us to do good. Wow! For as the Word declares: “It is God who works in us: both to will, and to do of His own good pleasure.”
So then, we no longer serve God out fear, but out of love. As the writer says, “We love Him because He first loved us … His love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit … teaching us to love one another.” We no longer think too much or too little of ourselves. We rather confess that we are ALL that God says we are, we can do ALL that God says we can do – we are are His workmaship! We do not write off anyone. As recipients of grace, we cannot help being gracious to others.
By. Rev. Dr. Melvin A. Turnbull, Senior Pastor