What was the last thing you found really really hard to do?
I’m the sort of person who likes to work hard. You know what you get then. Something that was hard to do and to achieve brings so much extra joy when you finally manage it. I remember being sat at a table for a whole afternoon trying to solve a puzzle in less than 15 minutes to break a record. It felt amazing when I finally did it, and then got up and got a life.
The thing with the Gospel is that it’s not about what we do. It’s about what has already been done for us. No matter who we are, no matter what we might have done, it has already been done. Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago, and then rose again from the dead after 3 days. What happened then was enough. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation or to make ourselves more right before God. It has all already been done and dusted. Our sins are paid for. We can’t earn it. It’s a gift. And you can’t earn a gift, as then it stops being a gift.
I’m not saying we should all go out and murder people and do other terrible things, or even that we should give up trying to live the way that God has for us. But once we’ve asked forgiveness for the things we’ve done, they’ve gone. They no longer exist.
I heard a story the other day about an adult who had grown up and one of their parents decided to sue them for a return of all they had spent on them. Apparently the case was thrown out of court. It was totally ridiculous. Parents are called to give things to their children, and not expect anything back. We are called to rest in the love of God that says we don’t need to work to earn what he has already given us. And he’s not going to sue us for it!
Lord God, thank you again for the gift of salvation. Help us to know you more each day, and help us to rest in your love, and show that love to others we know. Amen.
Sit back and enjoy the fact that you cannot earn what God has given you. And praise him for it!