Press: Like Power Steering
John 16:16, “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it."
The law, legalism, and religion was the old news. Jesus, grace, and God's Kingdom is the "new" news! The old was passive. The new is active.
The blessing of being in Christ and part of God's kingdom is that we can participate with God's grace for life, for ministry, for our work, and everything else!
Under the law, human effort was the basis of activity, which ultimately ended in failure to truly serve God. Under grace, there still effort but only to exercise our faith in the grace of God. It's like something called "power steering." There was a time when turning the steering wheel of a car was largely your effort in making the front wheels turn. And let me tell you, it was sometimes hard to do!
Today every car has what we call "power steering," "power assist" or completely electronic. When you start to turn the wheel, the steering system takes over and makes it much easier!
Jesus said that we are "pressing into the kingdom." This is a perfect picture of active faith. The Bible says "We are laborers together with God." (1 Cor. 3:9) God does not reward passive, inactive people. Nor does she want us to do anything in our own strength.
When we press, or active, in our faith, God does all the heavy lifting!
Today, let Him give you the "power assist!"