There are so many ways that people look at gifts. Mostly they look at getting a gift something they deserved or earned. You get gifts because you turned another year older. You get gifts because you were good throughout the year. You get gifts because you got married or had a baby. But how humble do you become if you get a gift just because? That is what the gift that God gave us. He gave us Christ’s sacrifice just because He loved us. He gave us salvation just because we are His children and He wanted us close to Him and He knew there was no other way.
So what about those that serve themselves into the ground thinking that is their way to salvation? Maybe they are happy serving, I know I was and would love to be able to again if I could get over some obstacles. Yet, to be very honest, I have run into way to many people that truly believe that the more they serve the closer to God they will be and they look down on those of us who don’t serve whatever the circumstances may be. Is this right? NO! In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul talks about our salvation and how it is not a reward for the good things we do.
The only thing that people who fully believe that they are better than others because of their works accomplish is making people turn away from God. They see people like that and either think they are hypocrites because they are saying one thing but then doing another. Or they are making people feel like they are unworthy.
To many people out there are feeling unworthy to be in His presence. They don’t turn to Christ because they don’t feel good enough. They believe, because of what they see, that the only way to Christ is through our works, and it simply is not the case.
The Lord sent his one and only son to die on the cross that day so that our sins would be forgiven. (Matthew 26:28, 1 John 2:12) Through Him is how we are saved, not through our works. It is a gift that is given to us “just because” not because we did something.
Paul says to be careful how we live so that we do not cause another believe to stumble and fall. Many believe (because he goes on to use the example) that he is only meaning when it comes to sin of drinking or drugs or some other sin like that but read Romans 14:13 (NLT): So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. We all need to watch how we live and how we treat others or we may cause someone to stumble because they don’t feel that they are good enough.
I’m not saying don’t serve or don’t live a Godly life. Not at all because that is how we are supposed to live. I’m saying we need to not be so boastful of it and we need to not make it out like the better we are the closer we will be to God or the more He will love us. He loves us all and we will all be close to God.
So please go on doing what you do. Enjoy what you do and how you are but lets just love each other and not look down on others because they aren’t you. We are all uniquely and lovingly made by the Lord. So just be you and don’t let others bring you further away from God.
Abba, we know you love each and everyone of us as uniquely as you made us. Help us love ourselves and realize that we are all different and we do NOT have to be like those that look better than us. We are to strive to be what you made us not what you made someone else to be. Help us understand that we all serve and love you in our down ways and that is ok with you. May we praise you in the way that only we can and may you bless us in all that we do. AMEN