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Which is better? To work at pleasing God or to focusing on trusting God?

Where should we focus more of our attention and effort?

In their book, The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You, Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John S. Lynch explore this tension.

The Cure is part teaching, part allegory in the style of Pilgrims Progress. The book begins with the traveler facing two different forks in the road, one leading to Trusting God and the other to Pleasing God. Take a look at the description:

“I look up at the Trusting God sign. This has to be a trap, a trick question. It sounds good, but it doesn’t give me anything to do. It’s too passive. How will I make a difference? If God and I are going to be in sync, there’s got to be something more than trust. If the issue is me, I’m probably not going to future out my destiny simple by trusting God.

Christianity often gets a bad reputation for being a religion full of rules and regulations. The character trait this incorrect view reflects most would be holiness.

Surely, holiness is about doing the right things. Or is it?

In the book of Leviticus, the word holy is repeated over 70 times. Leviticus details the sacrificial system, with seemingly endless requirements for sacrifices, the priests, and the principles for life.

Leviticus 11:45 tells us to “be holy for I am holy”, setting quite a high standard for believers to live up to.

If Christianity were a works based religion, Leviticus would be the ultimate checklist. As a grace based faith, we are able to ask “What is God showing us about himself?”

Leviticus 16 records of the Day of Atonement, which foreshadows the sacrifice of Christ and the work of grace. This was what God always wanted His people in the Old Testament to look forward to, the coming Messiah.