While visiting a gym this past weekend, I noticed a scoreboard on a platform.
Of course, scoreboards are used to keep track of points earned and to display who is the best.
They proclaim who is the winner.
Do you ever try to “measure up” to other people?
It’s easy to consider that someone you know is kinder, smarter or more talented.
You might even think other people are more spiritual or closer to God.
Does your response lead you to try harder to be acceptable?
There is nothing wrong with desiring to be more like Christ.
We can hope to be kinder to those around us, showing them His love.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be closer to God.
But if we think that we must reach a certain level of acceptability to finally achieve God’s approval, we are missing an important truth.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
We should want to live our lives the way that He would have us to out of gratitude for what He has done for us, not in order to gain our salvation.
There is no heavenly scoreboard that keeps track of our works, finally declaring one day that we have “won” our redemption for ourselves.
We are free from that kind of burden.
If this has been a concern for you, consider these words form Ephesians 2:8-9:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.
A plan of love from God to us.