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Sermon #36: God Does the Work

"Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work." - John 14:10 (NIV)

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The message is simple - it is God who does His work. We are just vessels through which God accomplishes His will on earth. We need to keep this fact close to our chests, otherwise we might end up going our own way.

Whenever God works wonderfully through us, there is always the temptation to use "me" instead of "Him"; the tendency to 'steal the show', with the vessel claiming to be the doer of the work.

Consider somebody who uses a pen to write a book. Would it be correct if the pen were to claim to have written the book? The pen is just a means to an end; the writer is somebody else!

Jesus Christ is our Lord and our role model. His words teach us how best to carry ourselves in this life. They also sober us up whenever we are tempted in the manner just described.

If we do not follow Jesus' teaching on this matter, if we 'steal the show', if we take the credit, this is exactly what will happen to us in the end: "Then I will tell them plainly [said Jesus], 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" - Matthew 7:23 (NIV)

Remember, "... it is the Father, living in [you], who is doing his work." - John 14:10 (NIV). So behave accordingly, always.

Glory to God!