You Can’t Earn It
I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s. – 1 John 2:1-2 (MSG)
People will do all kinds of things hoping to draw closer to Me. Make a dangerous trek up the side of a mountain to pay homage to a mysterious deity. Sing as loudly as they can, dance around the room enthusiastically, give lots of money to their church (or mosque or synagogue), or seek to lead others around by the nose to prove their dedication and zeal for Me. Some even try to force others to believe exactly as they believe, warning that they risk their future for even thinking of disobeying.
It makes Me sad to see how many of you are so uncertain of the truth that you will follow countless ideologies, philosophies, programs, and religions in hopes of finding fulfillment and security. And yet, there it is, spelled out clearly in the Bible: Jesus took the guilt for everything you’ve done wrong in this life on himself. This gift took on a whole host of the world’s problems.
What’s even sadder is those who profess to follow Me but show no joy in their daily lives. They walk around with frowns on their faces or want to lecture everyone else about what they’re doing wrong instead of rejoicing about what is right. It makes Me wonder if they understand My love.
Just as you can’t earn it, neither can you do anything that will make Me love you less than I already do.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Have you ever been part of a church or home group that worship together regularly? If you’re no longer involved, why not?
- How would being part of a close fellowship affect your outlook about My love?