The New Thank You – Instead of having the will power not to sin, not sinning is a thank you to God
As a baby Christian I’m still learning some of the differences between what The Bible teaches and religion. I realize that some simple ideas are not so simple to adjust to my perspective.
Growing up I thought that I needed to be good and avoid sinning in order to get “God Points.” (I can hear some of my Christian friends laughing already.) Resisting a temptation would earn me more points. When I saw other people sinning, I mistakenly concluded that they were losing points, and that made me feel better about myself.
I’m beginning to realize now how wrong I was; how that thinking does not go along with The Bible. I was attempting to be good to get points, not realizing that, in God’s eyes, I didn’t need points. He has already saved me.
What I needed to do was change my perspective, to be good and do what’s right as a thank you to God for dying for my sins. I realized that my behavior should show my appreciation for what He did rather than my trying to get enough points to get into heaven.
How about you? Do you already get and understand this? Any insights for helping people like me who grew up with a different perspective?
Please add your comments.
Thank you, God for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along with my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read The Bible.)
What church do I attend? Verve Church in Las Vegas
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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