GRACE MAKES OUR LABOR ACCEPTABLE

grace makes our labor acceptable

 Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace (let us holdfast grace), whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

 

The context of Hebrews 12 is talking about a time when God is speaking and things are being shaken.  This shaking is so that what is unshakable will remain.  Some of the shakable things are those labors not flowing in response to grace.  Those labors not established on grace, or not in response to the finished work of Christ, but established on man’s work cannot take the shaking.  The unshakable things come from the grace of God.  The unshakeable things are the works which were preplanned by God for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

 

I would not embark on any ministry or service without an understanding of grace or you tend to do things in vain or in frustration to the grace of God.  Grace is God’s enabling power for doing good works that are unshakeable. In the early church it was considered recommended and necessary equipment for fulfilling the work of God.

 

Acts 14:26, “And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.”

Acts 15:40, And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.”

 

Whatever God requires, His grace enables us to do it and makes us enough or sufficient for the obligation or responsibility (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 2:10).  God wants nothing empowered by us.  The work we do, there is grace for it.  God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls. All Christians are given gifts of grace for service (Romans 12:6) and no one is given grace to sit or to do nothing.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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