In the world but not of it

December 2, 2009

Performance oriented…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved
privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to
sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:2

I believe most people realize that we live in a world that
often measures us by our performance. From our relationships to our vocations,
we are often viewed in the light of how well we are doing.

This is not necessarily a bad thing but the challenge with
constantly living under the “performance microscope” is that “how we’re doing”
can become more important than “what we’re doing”.

This subtle attitude can spill over into our walk with the
Lord. Although a life of consistent obedience to the word of God is vital, it
is not our performance that brings God’s approval. God has already performed
the work to give us eternal life and it is the life we live born out of love
for Him that allows our life to blossom. This is the difference between
religion and relationship; doing things for Him rather than accepting what He
has done for us.

How can we know that our heart attitude is bent more towards
our performance as a measure of our spiritual life? For starters, when we find
ourselves using the phrase “I have to” when describing our relationship with
God this can be one danger sign, i.e. “I have to read my Bible today”, “I have
to go to church on Sunday”, “I have to spend some time in prayer”…and so on.

Another term we can look for is “enough”, i.e. “I don’t pray
enough”, “and I don’t spend enough time reading the Word”. Others include “I
should”, “I can’t…

Before we make this complicated, the point is not about
using these specific words or phrases, it is more about the attitude behind
them. The truth is that we “get to” to do all those things when it comes to a
relationship with God. We have the privilege of knowing Him and enjoying
fellowship.

Make it a point to spend each morning with Him, in His Word
and don’t leave until you have that one thing He has spoken to you. I believe
that God responds to those that respond to Him. He is waiting for us to draw
closer (James 4:8). As J. Vernon McGee used to say “if you wake up tomorrow and
don’t feel close to God, guess who moved”.

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