Tuesday, September 07, 2010
You wrote, “…its all about ME serving God. Its [sic] makes me think that I’ve done something for God…Also, if I measure my good deeds to God’s law, they don’t look like much.”
When Christians do good deeds out of gratitude for what God has done in their lives, God blesses them. We are going to be judged according to the deeds we’ve done in this life (e.g. 1 Peter 1:17). Our deeds are evil if when we think we’ve done them on our own apart from Grace and that we’re in control. But if we acknowledge that nothing we do is done because we’re anyone, God blesses that. We know, for example, that when we pray and fast in secret our father sees us and rewards us (Matt. 6:6, 18). We also get a reward from God if we take care of folks who can’t take care of themselves (Matt. 10:42). I could go on and on. The point is that God does give rewards for things his children do. He is pleased when we obey and when we love one another by serving one another and the only way we can do this is by living out the Law.