As heirs of the Protestant Reformation, we revel in God’s grace. This is a good thing. However, any good thing can become a bad thing if we forget other important truths. We don’t have to work for our salvation, but we are to work it out (Phil 2:12,13). It was the grace of God which motivated Paul to work hard (II Tim. 2:1-7).
Whenever I see someone going to great lengths to be the best they can be, I am humbled by Paul’s statement that many do it for a perishable wreath while we run for an imperishable one (I Cor. 9:24-27). When I see someone giving intense effort and focus to something other than building up God’s kingdom I am humbled by my apathy. Here is a good example of what intense focus looks like: