“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification…” (I Thessalonians 4:3a). The Lord may have a work for us to do, but not “works.” “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We cannot save ourselves by works, neither is our sanctification by works, but “God imputeth righteousness without works” (Romans 4:6b). Even our election is based upon the grace and mercy of God and not upon any good thing we have done (2). We are not to be occupied with our own deeds, but to “work the works of God,” as Jesus did in John 6:28 and 9:4. “For it is God who works in you, to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13, NIV).
It is important that the only thing that will stand is what the Lord Himself has done. He wants to use you as an instrument to carry out His plan, but if you are too busy in your own deeds, you will not be available to Him. So, let us go on to perfection, letting Him who is perfect work in us and through us, performing the will of God.