Here’s another mystery. In Philippians 2:13, we read that it is God who works within us to will and to act to fulfill His good purpose.
Now have you noticed something astounding? Even our desire and intention to be good come from God.
It is a bit humbling. We may pride ourselves as decent, compassionate, law-abiding people. Some may even go as far as thinking God is lucky to have good folks like us. But even our goodness is by God’s grace.
I’m not a theologian, but some doctrines give me the impression that if we are left to ourselves, we will inevitably degenerate into immoral brutes and it is only by God’s hand that we are not so. Can you imagine how civilization as we know it would be impossible?
Yet the parallel truth is that we are responsible for our actions and if we extend correctly, our moral inclinations.
Therefore, let no one say God “owes” us – whether an earthly blessing or passage into Heaven – because we love doing good. Even that love is from God and as in everything else, all goes back to His good purposes.
For that, our only response is worship, awe and humility.
Have a magnificent Monday!