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June 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

There is a danger in our focus being on what we can do for God rather than what He has done for us.


When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear. Hebrews 8:13

There is a danger in our focus being on what we can do for God rather than what He has done for us.  Even though God’s grace provides freedom, many of us live our lives exhausted. A sense of relief is nowhere to be found. Culture tells us to earn our love, and prove our worth.  When we try to rid ourselves of the performance mindset it feels like an impossible task.  We know that grace saves but we struggle to understand that grace is enough. We spend our days trying to show God that He made the right decision by saving us. We run ourselves ragged attempting to “convince” God we are valuable.

 

We get bogged down with the rigidness of religion instead of relaxing in the grace that provides the security of the relationship. Our attention gravitates towards what we can do for God rather than being blown away by what He has done for us.  Without even knowing it, this influences the intimacy we feel with God. The impossible standard of the law has us walking on pins and needles. We worry that if we mess up or drop the ball, He will be angry or disappointed. This stifles the value of discovery. On the flip side, if we jump though enough hoops performing good deeds then we will receive His affection. This leads us down the dangerous path of “look what I did, now you owe me.”

 

Our effort becomes our sacrifice.  Under the old law sacrifices were necessary to ensure our favorable standing with God. However, under the new law Jesus’ death on the cross served as the ultimate sacrifice, once and for all.  We now operate not on a scale of checks and balances, but under an umbrella of grace.  If we still operated on a scale of checks and balances none of us would be in good standing with God.  “For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.” James 2:10

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, today I will rest in Your grace knowing it is the only thing that can truly set me free. Lord release me from the bondage of my self-effort that is fueled by stubborn pride. Jesus help me to trust that the cross changes everything. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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