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God does the Work, God is Glorified

If God does the work, it means that we don’t. I don’t mean we sit idly and do nothing. But we don’t share credit with God.

That is difficult to comprehend because we have an age where there are significant professional accolades available to those who succeed at the difficult work of church planting. Appointments speaking at conferences, travelling budgets, and book deals await the most successful church planters. In the midst of such distraction, it’s hard to remember the root of things: If God does the work, it means that we don’t get the glory.

Peter and John walked passed a lame beggar at the Beautiful Gate on the way to the temple. Although Peter didn’t have money, he did have an anointing from the Holy Spirit and the faith to declare the beggars healing in the name of Jesus right then and there.

When the guy is leaping around praising God, of course everyone is amazed. They may have just passed him there begging. Peter seizes this opportunity to preach the Gospel. Before he does, though, he says something interesting: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?”

Now it isn’t surprising to me that he said it wasn’t by his own power that the man is walking. He acknowledged the power of God did the work. But, he goes much further than that. He power or piety. In other words, it wasn’t even their great faithfulness to God that brought the miracle. The miracle was purely an act of God’s grace.

Success in ministry isn’t about the strength of the leader or their personal spirituality. If it is to be genuine, it is a work of God. That doesn’t mean we don’t do anything. Peter worked tirelessly to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Even in this very instance, he boldly seized the opportunity to proclaim the good news. But the power is God’s. He is the only one who brings increase. He is the only one who gets glory.

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  1. Praise God!

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