This morning I was doing some Bible reading and a phrase jumped out at me and caught my attention. The phrase was “Make every effort”. Peter used it in exhorting his readers in their purusit of God as a way to make their calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Jesus used it Luke 13:24 as He answered the question, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” (v.23). I also thought of Philippinas 2:12-13, where we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. I think that such a series could be interesting because it could address a common misunderstanding of grace. Some take “grace” to mean that diligence is not needed in the Christian life. Yet, as it has been said, grace is opposed to earning, not effort. So, how do we become energetically “serious” Christians, but be so in a way that is light and free, showing that we belong to God? Other scriptures that come to my mind in this conversation would be I Cor. 15:10-11, which is in a Gospel context! Paul, no (!) God’s grace worked harder than all the other Apostles. Then, I would think of Colossians 1:29, where Paul says that “I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Oh, how I wonder, do I work with and from the energy of Jesus in me? That would be the burden driving such messages – to see how I could honor God with my energy, but do it in such a way that magnifies His grace and increases my joy and assurance that I am His – and NOT to work in a fearful slavish way. I’d like to know what you think? Shoot me an email. Let’s chat!