When things we are hoping to accomplish turn out well, we are tempted to feel quite elated and perhaps self-satisfied; but we need for that bubble to burst when the truth is injected into it.
Actually we are like a tool which sits on the workbench, a tool which just sits there unable to move through its own efforts. It is not until the Craftsman picks it up in His hand and begins wielding it with His skill that anything beautiful or useful can be fashioned. Can the tool assume credit for the beautiful product that has been created? Absolutely not! Only the Craftsman s to be praised!
But some would say, “But I am so willing to be used.” Good! But what is the source of that willingness? Does it arise from the ashes of our old nature? I think not! All the good roads we choose to travel are our choice because of the presence of our new nature. And who is responsible for giving us a new nature? It is the gift given to us by the presence of the Holy Spirit when we trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross to forgive our sins. Obviously our willingness is a gift that we have received from our dear Father. It is God who works within us both to WILL and to DO what pleases Him. (Phil. 2:13)
So all the glory goes to the Craftsman. It’s all GOD!!!
Does that mean He excludes us from the joy of what has been accomplished? Not a bit of it!! He has called us to be co-laborers with Him in the things He wishes to do. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He planned for us to be involved in even before the world was created. That’s how long ago He made plans for using His special, chosen tools to use in accomplishing His good purposes. He uses us in fulfilling all that He has ordained.
So yes— He does it all—but allows us to enter into the holy work of producing beauty along with Him!
We are blest indeed!