It's All About God

It's all about God. We ought to know that, but I think we forget and often think it's all about us. We repent of our sins. We have strong faith. We work hard to do God's will and resist Satan. We do this and we do that, as we are working out our own salvation.

And, yes, I do understand that we can't ignore God, doing absolutely nothing to accept His gift of salvation, and yet expect that He will miraculously save us. I even know that the Bible says we must work out our own salvation.

But it is God Himself who works in us, and anything we do is from Him (Eph 3:20, Phil 2:13,1 Thes 2:13). He gives us the gift of His Son (Jn 3:16). He gives us repentance (Acts 5:30-31, Acts 11:18, 2 Tm 2:25). He gives us faith (Rom 10:17, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Eph 2:8-9). He gives us strength to get up in the morning (Acts 17:28). In fact, all good gifts come from God (Jas 1:17). And we do all things through Christ, who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).

We are sheep, running around not knowing what we're doing half the time. And we can be very blinded. Even when some bit of knowledge or wisdom is right in front of our face, we don't see it. And then one day, in God's time and when we are ready, the truth hits us like a ton of bricks. But we are proud and arrogant and like to think we do everything on our own, so we don't always realize that it is God who is opening up His truth to us.

It's all about God. And we ought to give Him the credit and glory He deserves. We must remember Moses and the rock (Nm 20:10-12). God brings forth the water (Mt 5:45). He feeds us (Mt 6:11). He clothes us (Mt 6:30, Lk 12:28). God is the Potter and we are the clay (Rom 9:20-21). He can soften our heart or He can harden it (Ex 4:21, Acts 16:14). And we need to make ourselves wide open to God and give Him free reign in our hearts and in our lives. Then we need to glorify Him for anything He does with or through us.

It's all about God. The sooner we realize that, the more tolerant we'll be of others who have not been as blessed as we have been, and the more grateful we'll be toward God that He has granted us repentance, faith, and salvation. Let's bow down now and praise Him for the love, grace, and mercy He has bestowed, not just on mankind but on us as individuals!

Christina Elizabeth Dozier
August 22, 2008