It Isn’t a Guilt Trip

by admin ~ July 24th, 2010. Filed under: Brandenburg, Jesus.

We are not ascetics who are trying to prove ourselves to God.  We aren’t depriving ourselves of things to get a pat on the head.  Our salvation is secure.  God is a good God, a loving God, Who wants to reward those who seek Him.  We aren’t trying to avoid a smack-down.   No, we should already be in Hell if we got what we deserved.  We certainly haven’t deserved all the good things we already have.  I’m not going to enumerate them right now, but you could take some time to think about it and thank God.  Go through the list in your mind and say thanks for each one.  It’s worth it.  We get our confidence from the grace of God.  Jesus died for us.  He paid the penalty for us.  He sacrificed Himself for us.  He shed His blood for us.  He redeemed us.  We have a position in Christ, a permanent standing in His grace.  We aren’t striving to get anywhere.  We have every spiritual blessing.  We not only have all things that pertain to life and godliness, but we are also partakers of the Divine nature.  So we serve God out of that position we have in Christ.  That gives us joy.  It gives us motivation.  We love Him.  He has done so much for us.  No one has done more.  If I stay separate from the profane, it’s to honor Him.  If I spend more time in His Word or preach to more people, it’s not to gain a standing but because of Who He is and what I already have.  It isn’t a guilt trip.

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