Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Receiving versus Achieving

As I study for my series on Grace coming up in February, I saw this pic of my grandson Ethan climbing on one of those blow up games. I thought about how we sometimes try to achieve what God has already given us through Jesus Christ. We try to please God through our actions, thinking that the actions will get Him to love us more...or give us a blessing because of our hard work at being good. We can think that for God to bless me, I must deserve, or earn, or merit God's favor by my own efforts. We can think that God's blessings are based on my performance and good works. But no, this is not God's way. His way is not about achieving, but receiving. Matter of fact, the Bible tells us that the way to be blessed in life through Jesus Christ is by RECEIVING two things from Him; 1. the abundance of Grace; and 2. the gift of righteousness. ( Romans 5:17). See, God's way to blessing is all about receiving what Jesus has already done for us. He promises that when we receive His grace and gift of righteousness, we will reign in life...not when we achieve grace, but receive grace... and that's a big difference... so get to receiving...
Peace and grace, I'm out

1 comment:

  1. Pastor, this is such great revilation. I love knowing that God loves me. He desires me, He seeks after me. He sent His Son to give me life, Zoe life, the God kind of life. The gift of Jesus, that all we have to do is believe and ask for, once recieved is all the work we have to do. Sure there's growing in the things of God, but no human is perfect, that's why we have the Blood. Sometimes I picture God with this permasmile on His face, so pleased at our desire to please Him. I think even though it's not a requirement He likes the thought.