Are You Living A Performance-Driven Faith?
I have a thought that I wanted to share because I think it might bless some of you and it might be a reminder for others.
I was thinking in my mind lately, “Wow, God put me in this place in my life and it’s just so perfect for where I see my life going in the next couple years. But I haven’t been as faithful a servant or as disciplined a Christian lately. I don’t deserve His blessings” and I thought instantly, I need to work harder on being a better Christian.
Performance based living
I know these thoughts are so common to run through our minds because it’s our human nature to think in terms of performance equaling reward. It’s common in our lives to see people interact this way with each other and in our workplaces and school.
The problem with thinking this way is that it turns my faith into a works-based system. That if I pleased God enough, I could earn His favour. The truth is I will never please God through my works.
It’s all about Christ
Christianity is not a works-based faith, it’s a Christ-based faith. This is a liberating truth because I don’t need to strive for perfection all the time. I don’t need to keep track of the good I’ve done.
Christ pleased God for me so that I can please God in Christ. Nothing I do will give me this result. Not in the past, not now, and not ever. I was actually taking the glory from what Christ did on the cross for me in thinking that what I do should make me deserving of God’s blessings.
The only way I can receive God’s favour, is through Christ, not through my works. I can NEVER earn God’s favour because I am inherently sinful and fallen. BUT through Christ’s sacrifice, God sees Christ when He looks at me.
His infinite grace
It’s in these moments that I praise God for reminding me of this truth during my thoughts. I can rejoice in His grace towards me because I know that all the good things that have happened in my life I have not personally deserved but God has, by His grace, permitted me to experience them firsthand. 💗
Just a note: being a Christian doesn’t promise a perfect and pain-free life. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that suffering WILL come, it’s inevitable. But in my moments of suffering, I can still glory in Christ and I will still find reasons to praise God.