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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Bible Meditation: 
Galatians 1: 1-23

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and CALLED through His GRACE, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood Galatians 1:15-16

Every believer and indeed every minister of God is CALLED by His GRACE. It is the pleasure of God to separate a person’s life and destiny and call him or her by His Grace: “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and CALLED through His GRACE…” (Gal.1:15). What He did for Saul of Tarsus, who was transformed by Grace to Paul the apostle, God can do for anyone. There is no “impossible” or “hopeless” case with Him. The Call of Grace is a high calling in God. The call of Grace is not subject to human approval. He who God calls, men cannot reject. God will always confirm every Call of Grace, with evidential Gifts of Grace: “But to everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Eph.4:7). That’s why the Call of Grace must never be despised, reviled, frustrated or allowed to be in vain.

When a person trivializes grace, there could be one or more consequences: he can frustrate grace; grace can be in vain concerning such a person; and he can fall from grace. May none of these ever be our portions, in Jesus name. How can we effectively fulfil the Call of Grace? Paul affirmed: “I do not frustrate the grace of God…” (Gal.2:21a). Again, he admonished: “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2Cor.6:1). God wants us to abound rather than diminish in grace: “But as you abound in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us – see that you abound in this grace also” (2Cor.8:7).

Grace does not annul, cancel or delete Diligence. True spirituality abhors ease, slackness, slothfulness: “Woe to you who are at ease in Zion…” (Amos 6:1). Christianity demands diligence and discipline, a hungering for the higher realms of grace, and a persistent pressing unto perfection. Paul testified: “But by the grace of God I am what I am; and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1Cor.15:10). Grace demands diligence; yet a person of grace will always attribute the fruits of diligence to grace!

There is a dynamic link between grace, faith and diligence. Lazy people may assume that grace exempts them from responsibility and diligence. Far from it; grace does not nullify faith and diligence!

  • What God gives by grace, you receive by faith, and possess by diligence and discipline.
  • Grace releases God’s blessing, faith obtains it, while diligence and discipline maximize it.
  • Faith involves diligence, for God “is a rewarder of that that diligently seek Him” (Heb.11:6).

All that we do as believers are fuelled by Grace; yet diligence is demanded – spiritual and secular. Running with and achieving your vision, accomplishing your mission and fulfilling your destiny demand Grace and Diligence. Grace enables you to begin, persist and finish the race well and to finish strong!

Adetokunbo O. Ilesanmi (Meditations)

Lord, please enable me to diligently pursue and fully the CALL of GRACE for Your Glory and Praise, in Jesus name.
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