Bible Ballistics: BBs #99 Working For Jesus or IN Him???
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 says, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Paul tells us here that because of what Christ has done for us, we can have confidence in Jesus to do His work in and through us. My job and yours is to ‘keep our eyes on Jesus’—if you would, to ‘keep your eyes on the prize’. Paul talks about that prize in Philippians 3:13-15:
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Our goal is to pursue our Lord’s will and way in all that we do. But there’s a right way and a wrong way. What’s the difference? Many don’t realize that there is a difference. I can work in the flesh or in the Spirit? Which one do you think is the right one?
Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Colossians 1:27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Not our glory but HIS Glory— seen in our pursuits –which are under His control.
So??? Here’s our shot for today. The days and times are drawing near for our Lord’s return, are you trying to work ‘for’ Him, or are you allowing Him to work “in” you that others may see Him in what you do?
Matt 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
James 2:18, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Works won’t save, but they do reflect on the outside, what’s really on the inside.