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Stop Trying to Earn Points

March 27, 2020

“We get caught up doing things, often good things, but we must never lose sight of why we do such things. It is not for the sake of some heavenly reward or to avoid some ultimate punishment, but out of gratitude to God, in whom we place all our faith and all our trust.”

That’s what J. Barrie Shepherd wrote in Disciplines 2020, page 90.

Here’s what someone else wrote about that same idea —

If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift.

But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-God-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God.

Sheer gift.

— I hope that sounds familiar.

Our old friend St. Paul wrote that. It’s Romans 4:4,5 in The Message version.

Take time today to notice if you’re doing good things to earn points with God…or are you working from a place of gratitude and trust in the One who really does love you and trust you?

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