“He has saved you and called you to a holy calling, not because of your works but because of his own purpose and grace. Grace is God’s doing.”
2 Timothy 1:9
God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began
David Livingstone was a famous missionary who helped open up Africa to the gospel of Jesus. He was a trained and talented doctor with great prospects of a very successful career, before entering the mission field. His brother was also a doctor. When David informed his brother that he was giving up medicine to follow God’s holy calling into missions, his brother ridiculed him saying, “I don’t want that kind of life. I want to make a name for myself.” Today David Livingstone’s brother is mentioned in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He has one line stating that he is the brother of David Livingstone while David has 16 paragraphs describing his life and work.
As Christian believers, you and I are saved by God’s grace, through faith. Jesus, God’s eternal and holy Son, came from the Father to earth to bear the consequences of our sins upon the cross. When he rose from the dead, he opened the way for you and me to have our sins removed and to boldly approach God’s throne, in faith. Therefore, we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.
Like David Livingstone, your Lord has many, many good things lined up for you. He has saved you and called you to a holy calling, not because of your good works but because of his own purpose and grace. Grace is God’s doing. God did it when he saved you through the blood of Jesus and God will do it through you as he has called you to serve him, by his grace.
So, hold onto the promise of God’s purpose to use you wherever you are. Remember, he knows the plans he has for you, plans for wellbeing and success, with a hopeful future. And when the devil comes against you to thwart God’s plans for your life, stand strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
God-tracking is serving God by his purpose and grace
I offer my life to you today, to serve you as you call me to serve
“O Lord, I praise and thank you for your grace. Your grace has saved me and your grace equips me to serve you. I offer my life to you today, to serve you as you call me to serve. Help me not to depend on my own skills or my own efforts to achieve the great things you have in store for me. Help me, O Lord, to simply follow your supreme directions for my life. And use me, Lord. I submit myself to your hand. Use me in my family, use me in my church and use me for your glory in my workplace. Guide me according to the plans you know you have for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”