God doesn't use a Measuring Stick


For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

As a child, did you ever worry that when you did something wrong, your parents would love you less? Or, did you think that if you were perfect they would love you more? I certainly operated on both ends of the spectrum throughout my childhood. Getting a poor grade on a report card left me scared that suddenly my parents would see right through me and realize I actually wasn’t that great. Getting all A’s made me feel like I was somehow more deserving of love. Thankfully, my parents are Godly people who understand unconditional love. My mother used to, and still does, say to me, “there is nothing you can do to make me love you more, and there is nothing you can do to make me love you less.” What a relief.

God operates in the same way. When you put your faith in Jesus, he covers you in His grace. You are saved no matter what. God is not keeping score of your failures, and He’s not expecting perfection. Does He call us to a life of loving others? Absolutely (Ephesians 2:10). But will He love us less if we don’t measure up? Definitely not. God’s unconditional love and grace release us from the pressure to earn a salvation that we can never deserve. We no longer have to worry about being the best, or doing the most. Instead, we can enjoy the gift of grace He has given us and share it with the world.

Reflection

When was a time you felt the need to prove yourself to God?

What does it mean to live a life of faith through God’s grace?

Prayer

Dear Father,

May my faith never be about being “the best” or doing “the most.” May my faith be marked by humble thankfulness of the grace You have extended to me. Through my faith, given to me by Your grace, help me to live my life to honor You, not in order to meet a standard, but for the joy of serving You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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