Parting Words From The WORD…Are We Capable of a Good Work?

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

We walk a fine line in this me, me, me world of self esteem. Yes, we must have confidence in who we are and what we’re able to do. After receiving Christ as our Savior, we must not wallow in the guilt of the past, but hold onto the value He placed on us through His death on the cross.

But at the same time, we often see self-absorption and self-proclamation, even among Christians. Where is the line?

After all, in Philippians, Paul tells Timothy (and us) that we are capable of a “good work.” Are we?

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6

The key is this: Who we are depending on for that good work? After all, we’re gifted to do certain things. Is that grounds for pride?

I do believe we can have confidence as Christian creatives. But unlike the world who focuses on the power of self, we have a powerful Cornerstone…and it isn’t us.

Our confidence doesn’t come through our abilities to complete our calling. It comes through our recognizing Who has supplied what we need to complete it.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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  • Sue Badeau

    When we put ourselves out there as writers and speakers it is easily to be in the limelight and soak up praise. This is why my constant prayer before everything I write or speak is this, “In this endeavor, Lord, may there be more of you and less of me that shines through.” That said, I am as susceptible to heady compliments as anyone else – so it is always a struggle to hit the right balance between honoring God by being our absolute best which includes having an appropriate level of confidence and self-esteem versus walking “humbly with our God.” Always good to be reminded

    • Thank you for sharing your prayer, Sue. It’s similar to the prayer I say as well. But, alas, we’re still human. Finding that balance often requires an honest search of our hearts. Thank you!

  • So thankful that I’m not my own Cornerstone, Vonda. Can’t imagine the ruin my life would be without the Lord!

  • Holy chills went through me. Truth!

    • Oh, Julie. What an encouragement to me. Thank you!

  • Bonita Bandaries

    A very thoughtful reminder for us to remind ourselves that our ability to create and do work does come from God and in Him we have that confidence. Living in the world it is easy to be swayed by praise. Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts shall be established” is a verse that speaks to me.
    I just began following you but am blessed by your teaching. Thank you.

    • Hi Bonita, welcome to the Christian Writer’s Den. Thank you for dropping by and for your welcomed comment. I love that we as brothers and sisters can encourage and support one another!

  • Standing on the Cornerstone alone makes for a solid foundation for all that He does through us. However, I’ve found I can tumble off when I start bowing to the praise that is His and not mine.

    Love this message today. Teach on!