Performance-related blessings? No Way!

For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

Just a simple thought before bed! For a long time we have been taught, or at least thought that blessing comes when we are good, or when we do something that pleases God. That has been modelled to us through school based rewards systems, or parents who reward good behaviour with treats or gifts.

In the Old Testament when God promised something He followed that with an “if”, meaning that to receive the blessing the people must first do something. When Jesus came to this world, and died on the cross, it was a finished work. We have been made righteous not because of our behaviour, but because of the ultimate price that Jesus paid for us. Our position in God’s eyes is nothing to do with what we do, rather what Jesus has done!

So when this letter was written to the church at Corinth, it was to let them know that God’s blessings were not related to their performance! Performance-related pay maybe a concept in the work place, but it’s not a term used with in God’s economy! God’s promises to us are fulfilled in Jesus, therefore we are in Him, and because of that then we can receive all that God has for us!

So are you striving to do as much as you can to receive God’s blessing and feeling like you aren’t quite getting it? Accept that blessing is not related to what you do, rather in the fact that you are in Jesus. His grace is sufficient for all, His death on the cross has meant you don’t need to keep trying to measure up, relax in the knowledge that God wants to bless you.

Live Blessed! :-)

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