Grace is the finished work of God in Christ. God did a work for us through Jesus and completely finished the plan of redemption. All the work God did for us in redemption in Christ is finished but it is of no profit to us aside from our responding in faith, or mixing faith with what we hear. This finished work awaits our response of faith. God initiated a move toward us in grace; now we initiate a move toward Him with faith. Grace (GOD’S MOVE) puts the initiative of faith (OUR MOVE) on us.
Responding by faith to this grace is how we enter into the spiritual rest. There is no rest outside of faith in His grace. The Lord spends two whole chapters of the Bible (Hebrews 3 and 4) to exhort us about the importance of entering into the rest God provided. There’s initiative (the action of taking the first step; the responsibility for beginning) we must take in order to enter into this rest or to experience it. Throughout Hebrews chapter 4 and specifically vv. 1, 11, 14, 16, notice the use of the two words “LET US.” The words “LET US” in the following verses imply the initiative is on us not on God:
Hebrews 4:1 LET US therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Hebrews 4:11 LET US labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, LET US hold fast our profession.
Hebrews 4:16 LET US therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The opposite of initiative is passivity. Passivity means offering no opposition or resistance; being influenced without exerting influence; acted upon without acting; inactive or taking no active part; and something that is inert or yielding. We need to quit waiting for something from God to come to us. Quit waiting for someone else to decide it is time for us to be blessed, succeed, or walk in victory. Quit waiting for a break, luck, or for God to notice all that we are going through and responding to us. We have His exceeding great and precious promises and we can make a move of faith toward God, based on our covenant.