The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 40-41
♢ The Significance of God’s Grace – continued ♢
4. The Nature of God
Finally, the Follower ought to rely on divine strength because this plan results in the greatest advancement of *God’s own glory (Eph.1:4,22). If God had given you a lifetime supply of His grace to begin with and left you to handle your own account, you would have thought Him generous indeed. *But He is magnified even more by the open account He sets up in your name. Now you may acknowledge not only that your strength comes from God in the first place, but that you are continually in debt for every withdrawal of strength you make throughout the course of your following Him.
When a child travels with his parents, all his expenses are covered by his father – not by himself. Likewise, no follower shall say of Heaven when he arrives there, ‘This is heaven, which I have built by the power of my own might. ‘ No, the heavenly Jerusalem is a city ‘whose builder and maker is God’ (Heb. 11:10). Every grace is a stone in that building, the topstone of which is laid in glory. Some day Followers shall plainly see how God was not only the founder to begin, but the benefactor also to finish the same. The glory of the work of God will not be crumbled out piecemeal, some to God and some to the creature. All will be entirely credited to God.
– to be continued. ..
☆ Questions for Further Digestion ☆
♡ Which description would you say best describes your thinking with God’s grace: the one that seems to draw on the “lifetime supply” which is a set amount and no more – or the one that says each day, in every minute. .. God supplies exactly what’s needed?
♡ Based on your answer to the above: do your thoughts and actions reflect it? Do they draw upon an endless supply and excuse you? Or do they squeak out of what seems like the limit you’ve been supplied and come up feeling empty?
♡ Why is it so important “who gets the credit”?
♡ How does one know – how they can know if their true heart wants God to get all the credit; or if they are hoping for a little for themselves?
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah