‘If you, Lord, kept a record of sins… who could stand?’ Psalm 130:3 NIV
Sometimes you might get an award just for participating. But the truth is we live in a results-oriented society where we’re rewarded for performance everywhere from the job to the audition studio to the sportsfield. But God doesn’t think like that. His thoughts and ways are far above ours (see Isaiah 55:8–9). He’s not impressed by our talent. He gave it to us, after all. ‘Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to Him.’ (1 Samuel 15:22 TLB)
When you base your worth as a Christian on your performance, the enemy has a field day. News flash: you’re not perfect! Satan is called ‘the accuser of our brethren’ (Revelation 12:10 KJV); he wants you to run a checklist of your failures. That way he can torment you by reminding you of all the times you’ve lost your temper, criticised, failed to speak up for what’s right, or put someone down to make yourself look better. David said if the ‘Lord, kept a record of sin… who could stand?’
Everyone has areas where they struggle and fail. It’s why we need God’s grace and forgiveness 24/7. ‘He knows how weak we are’ (Psalm 103:14 NLT), and He’s never surprised when, despite our best intentions, we fall short.
Reimar Schultze says: ‘God doesn’t measure us by our performance, but by our love for Jesus. Indeed, in the Kingdom of God our love for Jesus is our performance. Everything else is secondary. Desire to be with Him, to abide in Him, to keep in fellowship with Him, to please Him, is what our Master longs for.’ So don’t measure yourself or others. And be glad God’s not grading you based on your performance, but on Christ’s performance.
SoulFood: Rom 1:1–3:20, John 8:12–30, Ps 133, Prov 29:15–18
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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