Imagine this world as a clock, and people are in a race with time. Running and racing toward success. Everyone seems to be getting their hustle on. This generation calls it getting your grind on. We are all out here pushing and striving, just trying to succeed. Staying on our grind is how we make things happen. Wait! How. we. make. things. happen? There is definitely something wrong with that statement. We can make nothing happen without God! As human beings we are limited without His help. Unless you have super human strength, you will get burned out! We can grind all we want but if it’s not in His will, purpose or plan for our life, oh well. That is why we have to be coordinated with God’s will and grace. We must remember without Jesus we would have no life at all. Our next breath comes from Christ and is to go back to Christ. Grinding without His grace is useless. Without God and His grace we will never be content. The truth is there will never be enough in this world to satisfy our souls, only Jesus can do that. So what happens is the more we get, the more we want, never satisfied. Racing with time around this world’s clock, until time runs out.
Spiritually, grace is defined as “the free and unmerited favor of God.” Grace offers us the riches of God, at the expense of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. When we put God first and operate under His grace, things flow naturally. Miracles happen, money appears, sales increase, people show up, and opportunities that we don’t have the power to create ourselves miraculously appear. When we pursue our dreams and goals from a place of grace, we won’t have to strain or struggle to achieve them. Know that there is nothing wrong with working hard and making sacrifices to meet our goals. The Bible tells us if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10). The problem is when we sacrifice God, who is our helper, because we are too busy grinding. We can’t spend time with Jesus because we are too busy grinding. We can’t attend Bible study because we are too tired from grinding. You get my point. There is no condemnation of elegant living among God’s people. In fact, He wants us to live the good life and live it abundantly. But our priority should be seeking Him first. We have to be very careful not to work Jesus around our grinding instead of working our grinding around Jesus. Christians should strive to live a disciplined life, and be alert to spiritual realities. Faith, hope, and love are the basic essentials of a believers life. Our priority should be Jesus and to move in His will and under His grace. In contrast to the unbelievers of the world, with the love of self and material wealth as their main priority. As believers, we must work from a place of peace and confidence, not comparing ourselves to others or their timeline. If you are walking and working in God’s grace, He will lead you to your divine success, in your season and in His time. At the end of the day, all we need is Jesus and Jesus will supply all we need! Love and Blessings…
Grind is not having time for your spouse/family/closest friends.
Grace is receiving divine knowledge of what you should work on so you can let go of the rest.
Grind is copying, comparing, and chasing after every “tip, trick, and tactic” because you’re desperate to see success right now.
Grace is trusting in your own gifts and abilities because you know you are good enough to achieve the success you seek.
Grind is forgoing your spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness for the sake of “giving your all” to your dream.
Grace is prioritizing your self-care no matter what because you know it is NOT your purpose to “succeed” while leaving yourself in shambles.
Grind is believing you don’t have enough, so you have to get out there and “hustle.”Grace is recognizing what God has already given you and using that to make your dreams come true.
Grind says other people have all the answers.
Grace says the answers are inside of yourself.
Grind is doing it all.
Grace is doing only what you were meant to do.
Grind is about scarcity.
Grace is about abundance.
Grind is about force.
Grace is about flow.
Grind is about fear.
Grace is about faith.
“LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)
“Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes.”(Haggai 1:6)
“Yes, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter.” (Isaiah 56:11)
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
“Those who make God their hope, shall flourish like a tree always green, whose leaf does not wither. They shall be fixed in peace and satisfaction of mind; they shall not be anxious in a year of drought….They shall not cease from yielding fruit in holiness and good works.”