I bet you just wish God would push the like button on your Facebook page! If so, how often would you be glued to your Facebook notifications checking countless times to see if God “liked” your activity?
Yes, you want to please God, but if you’re doing it to score brownie points – you won’t get any. Why? Because you don’t need any! He doesn’t give em. His son did enough for you.
Here’s Why you might have a hard time understanding why you get God’s grace when you don’t deserve it.
It’s because the world is primarily set up to give you things only when you deserve them.
- You work = you get a paycheck
- You work hard, harder than the rest = you get a promotion
- Be good – Santa will be good to you, bring you what’s on your wish list
- You behave well = you get brownie points with mom and dad
- Your kids clean their rooms – you let them have a friend over.
- Your toddler goes potty like a big kid – he gets a sticker.
- You clean your house = nuff said!
We’re condition by rewards. It’s in our blood. It’s all we know. And that is why you need to trade your blood for Christ’s. He shed his blood so you no longer have to give yours. Trying to please God with your Blood sweet and tears? Drop that idea. It’s no longer needed.
How did we become conditioned by a rewards system? It’s because Bible starts out that way back in the Old Testament. If you lived by the law, you received God’s salvation and blessings…
If you gave a sacrifice = your sins were forgiven.
But all that changed when Jesus paid for our sins by becoming our sacrifice. Since then, our sacrifice in anyway, shape or form is unnecessary to access the grace of God. What does this grace buy you?
Forgiveness. Salvation. Blessings.
It’s hard for you to wrap your head around this, I know. It was hard for me too. Hard to believe that the things I do, don’t count toward my salvation, nor do they count toward my blessings. It’s all free. Free and clear. And that just doesn’t seem right. But it’s right in God’s economy.
It’s right when we accept what Christ did is far superior that what we could ever do on our own to access grace.
Romans 4:5-8 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
God is not into paying you for what you deserve. Get that in your head…and you’ll have MORE than you deserve!