God’s grace is sufficient for us. We are saved by grace, through faith–not of works, lest any man should boast. Yet we are also called to “work out our salvation” with fear and much trembling. So, what is it? Should we be hard at work for God, or hardly working at all? Is our faith active, or passive; or perhaps actively passive, or passively active?
“Make every effortto enter through the narrow door (God’s way)…” (Luke 13:24)“Make every effortto do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19)“Make every effortto keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)“Make every effortto enter that rest (God’s rest for His people).” (Hebrews 4:11)“Make every effortto live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)“Make every effortto add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:5)“Make every effortto be found spotless, blameless and at peace with the Lord.” (2 Peter 3:14)
“Mommy, my turtle’s dead,” the little boy, Andrew, sorrowfully told his mother, holding the turtle out to her in his hand. The mother kissed him on the head, then tried to console him. “That’s all right,” she said, “We’ll wrap him in tissue paper, put him in a little box, then have a nice burial ceremony in the back yard. After that, we’ll go out for ice cream.”