Tuesday, March 14, 2023

All We Are Asked to Do Is Try


All We Are Asked to Do Is Try
This was the opening verse in a teaching I listened to this morning, and when I went back to it, the truth smacked me between my eyes: The only prerequisite for needs being met is for us to try.

We don't have to hit the mark, although hitting the mark is really nice because I seriously love to win.

We are only asked to aim at and strive after Him first.

That's it. That's all. We are told to make the effort.

I've heard it said before when discussing sin and its consequences, that God doesn't grade on a curve. Sin is sin. Meaning that before you go bashing someone for doing something you would never do, check and make sure you're not a gossip, for instance.

The flip side is that blessing is blessing, and God's not grading on a curve here, either. 

It's Pass/Fail.

Which mucks some of us up who really go after those A-s and A-plusses. And some extra credit while we're at it.

The world may dig that and appreciate it. It might look good to your teacher or your supervisor. 

But God doesn't care.

And now I'm reminded of the Parable of the Workers in Matthew 20:1-16.

Here, no matter when the workers began working, they all received the same wages. And it made some people mad because they felt they had done more so they deserved more even though the homeowner never told them that. 

The pay was the pay.

So, I'm going to be thankful for the blessings that come my way and not concern myself with what God is doing with others. I'm not getting angry or bitter because I felt I deserved something more. 

I'm going to strive and aim at the mark and watch The Blessing come into my life. 

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