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When talking about grace, we often give negative connotations to words like effort, performance, and accomplishment.

They become four letter, anti-grace cuss words.

And if one is gaining their approval from God and others based on what they do, than a negative perception is the correct one.

We cannot earn or be worthy of God based on striving and effort. Broken people produce broken things. This means we cannot improve on perfection.

This line of thinking is reflected by the oft heard cliché, “We are not human doings, but human beings”

True…

But there is another side to achievement.

If we have our value and worth in God, based on what He has done for us, then there is a proper place of accomplishment in our lives.

God created us to work.

Which Path Am I On?

October 4, 2012

We’ve been considering the difference between pleasing God and trusting Him. The motivation has come through  The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You. I am so impressed with the content of this book and think it hits a nerve among believers as we walk out the grace of God.

Today I want to look at a few questions to help us identify which path we are on. When are primary motivation is to please God, we follow the first path.

Pleasing God can look like “trying to change from who I was into who I should be. We constantly find ourselves working towards becoming more righteous.”

The second path of Trusting God looks different. On this journey we find ourselves “maturing into who I already am (based on what Christ has done). We are already righteous, made right by God the moment we believed.”

The Cure is Trusting God

October 2, 2012

In Part One of this series, I began a review of The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John S. Lynch. We followed the pilgrim down the road of “pleasing God to the Room of Good Intentions“.

Finding both frustration and failure in this room, the traveler returns to the fork in the road; this time journeying down the path marked “Trusting God.”

As the wanderer approaches the building this path leads to, he sees the banner across the doorway proclaiming, “Living Out of Who God Says I Am.” He comes upon the door of “Humility” and collapses in exhaustion, exclaiming:

“I’m so tired, I can’t do it. Help me…I’ve fought so hard to impress You, and none of it did. Now I’m weary, empty and alone. I’m tired of performing. I’m tired of pretending I can please You by any amount of effort. Help me God!”