It Can’t Be Both.
Meeting Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to me. But, my journey hasn’t been all sandy beaches and rose petals. As a matter of fact there was a time in my life when I was trying so hard to be good enough for God that I lost sight of who I was. There were so many people who seemed to have it all figured out. They seemed perfect and I wanted to please God, I wanted Him to love me. So I took every piece of advice and tried to “be” who they told me to be.
I felt I wasn’t good enough. So I spent a lot of time trying to be good enough by behavior alone. I didn’t realize that Jesus had already given me everything.
God called us to himself while we were still a sinners and saved us by His grace. So why is it that once we get saved we think that we have to earn the rest of our journey with perfect, white picket fence behavior? Our behavior will never be good enough, thats why we’re saved by Grace. That’s why Jesus died, so He could take the punishment for your sin and GIVE YOU His righteousness.
Good behavior doesn’t put you in right standing with God. Being in right standing with God creates good behavior!
It’s so simple but it’s profound. This truth will set you free if you feel like your always trying to do more in order to make God love you or show you favor. There is no freedom in living like that. You will never feel like it’s enough.
At one point, I tried earning Gods favor by reading my Bible at 5am because that’s what someone said I should do -but most days I feel asleep on the couch. I’m not really a 5am girl. On the few days I stayed up I felt really good about myself. On the days I didn’t stay awake I felt like a failure. So basically I was trying to earn God’s favor through my own efforts and on the days I got it right I was filled with pride because I did it. The other days I was filled with condemnation because I didn’t.
God didn’t intend for us to get saved by Grace and then spend the rest of our lives earning His favor and love. Just receive His love for you and let Him develop the fruit inside of you that will produce the outward behavior that’s good for you.
Don’t over complicate it. Relax. Let Him love you. This is all you really need.
The behavior and habits will come more easily when you stop putting forth so much self effort and just let His love and His Grace Guide you!
That’s my two cents for the day 😉
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Keep It Real – Daveda
BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a happy wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a speaker, teacher, author and former pastor who is passionate about the Gospel of Grace. Her message is sincere, encouraging, simple and profound. Her words will set people free from condemnation and will help usher them into a deeper revelation and understanding of God’s great love.