I had barely turned the left corner at the end of my street when I heard the Lord say, “You are not working hard enough.” I kept on running as the word registered in my spirit. Somehow, I knew what He meant. As a co-worker with God, not only do I need to be about my Father’s business, I also need to work hard with the Grace He abundantly provides. Paul’s testimony came to mind. He said, “by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured (worked) more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
God does not give us His Grace because of our works, but the Grace He gives us enables us to work productively. This is why the expectation of heaven over those who have received much from heaven is high. If we work nonchalantly in God’s Grace, our results will be just that – nonchalant. If we work hard in Grace, our results will be substantial.
I am openly sharing the rebuke I received from my Father – although it did not come across as a rebuke – so you can gain wisdom for YOUR journey. The word was actually an encouragement for me to do more with what I have received. If I fail to do more, I should not expect more. Those who know their God will do exploits, but there will be no exploits through our lives if we DO nothing with the knowledge of God we possess. We should not receive God’s Grace in vain. God gives freely and expects returns. Put yourself in the place of the servants who freely received talents from their master and you will get a better picture of what heaven is expecting of you and I.
I heard these things as I ran and decided to do more of what I needed to do on my destiny journey. Then something unexpected happened. I heard my running app announce my 5k time: 24 minutes 44 seconds. What? That was a personal best (PB)! And it did not particularly feel like I was pushing more than I had in the past. As I reached 10k, it was another PB: 55 minutes 14 seconds. I was impressed. And amused. Then a revelation of Grace hit me. Grace is given so we can consistently do through God’s strength what we do not believe we have the capacity to do – if we work hard with it. Not by power or might, but by GRACE, which, after all, is the GOD factor in our RACE.
Have you received Grace from God? Decide to work hard with and in it. The Father will one day ask you for returns.