This past week I was reading a story about someone who was going to do something that would probably be very regrettable but would have been an easy way out. In the story advice was given this person to “do the right thing and God will bless you.”
When I read that I cringed. We can’t help ourselves can we?
We can’t seem keep from from making “if-then” statements about our relationship with God. If you do this then God will….
But you see it doesn’t work that way. God blesses Christians not because of things they do, but because of the thing that Jesus has done.
None of us are good enough to get God’s blessing apart from the righteousness provided us by Jesus. Our “if-then” statements when seen in this light become nothing more than another way that we think we can manipulate God. We seem to think that we can give something (like our good behavior) to God and if we do that, we can get Him to do things for us.
The problem is, we can’t be that good. No one can. No one has except Jesus.
The person in the story I read was right in admonishing the other person to do the right thing, that’s for sure. But we don’t perform for God to get Him to bless us, He blesses us because that is what He does for those that have the righteousness of Christ imputed to them (aka Christians). And we do things for God out of love for what He has done for us. And we do so knowing that even if we do the wrong thing, He will still love us.
So as Tullian Tchividjian says: “what will you do, now that you have to do… nothing…”
Question: What is your experience of God’s grace?