Performance-Based Christianity?

Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” He also told us that because he was going to the Father, we would do even greater works than he did.

Are you trying to work without seeing Jesus? Without the blessing and grace of the Father?

Good things we do, like starting food banks and wrestling to get money from the government to stock them may have an impact on needs in society. How much greater would this help to people be if we relied on God alone to plan and stock the food bank, and to give the increase because we do it in his Name?

What keeps us from waiting upon God and doing things his way? The “risk” involved from bringing the seen out of the unseen? What if we fail? Pride opens up a can of ifs, ands, and buts, and what could be a beautiful project never comes to life. However, we feel if we can micro-manage a project enough, it will succeed and there is no risk.

We say, well, we are going to fix the worship time at church so it isn’t so boring. Get some new tunes and jazz up the old ones. Bless the socks off those people whether they get it or not. We are such good musicians, God will accept this music as worship and be proud of us.We will practice and practice until our arrangements are perfect and then offer it up as a sacrifice of worship and praise.

But God says a broken and contrite heart is what he wants offered to him. He wants us to be still and know that he is God. When we know who he is and know what we are in relationship with him, then the music is not a performance. It flows from the heart of God in unity with his children. Each gives to the other in perfect harmony.

All that we do in love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit does not fail because God never fails. May he bless you today with creative thoughts and the wisdom to seek him first to know how to act on those righteous thoughts. In Jesus’ Name.

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2 responses to “Performance-Based Christianity?

  1. Arlene

    Interesting thoughts. Good stuff.

    But we can’t overlook the need to try to do things well. For instance, the musician still needs to practice the music. The VBS director still needs to work hard to try to produce the best possible program. If we don’t do our part, but just sit around expecting God to do His, how can He bless?

    Paul didn’t say to “do the work of the ministry” because he thought God would do it all without us working, too. There are too many bench-warmers who would like to believe that God doesn’t want their best efforts in service to Him.

    • The point is what the scripture says: seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. That includes the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the ability to learn to do all things well, to the best of your ability. Then God is fully glorified.

      Recently I needed to learn a particular type of guitar playing and have it in good order within a certain time. To do this on my own would take hours and hours of time sacrificed from other duties and activities. In seeking the Lord in this matter, I found that this type of music was in line with his plan for the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. I asked him to give me the ability I needed. He graciously gave this, and I learned what I needed to know within a matter of hours and can now joyfully practice and apply the knowledge, and all glory goes to my Father in heaven.
      I Cor. 15:10, Zech. 4:6

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