I love my husband very much. Because I love him, I do little things for him such as washing his clothes.
If someone was to ask me if I loved my husband I would not answer “well I wash his clothes don’t I”. No I do not do those things out of a sense of duty, or because they are expected of me, or to prove my love. No I do it out of the joy in my heart.
It is the same in our relationship with God. Our works do not show we love Him. Instead, our love produces works. If someone were to ask do you love Jesus the answer should not be “well yes I don’t cheat, lie, or lust. I teach Sunday school and give to the poor”. Many people do those things but do not love Jesus.
We are not God’s children because of what we do! It’s all about Him and what He does. He starts slowly changing our hearts to be more like His. He starts convicting us to love people like He loved people. And from that comes service.
Being born again is when person dies to his rights, to his pleasures, to his own virtues and merit, to his religion and receives the life that was not there before.
I have struggled with thinking I should work out my salvation. That I should try to be found worthy of God’s love. When in truth I will never be worthy, my good deeds are as filthy rags. God takes us as we are and then changes our hearts. Then we can have fellowship with Him and love others as He would. He is constantly transforming us to be more like Him.
He is the one we look to for an example. He is the one we should compare our lives to. Not other Christians or this world. We should constantly be seeking His direction not our own.
God may I allow you to lead my life and not other people or things. Help me not to compare my life to others but to your Holy son. Help me not to strive for others approval but to be transformed, more like Jesus everyday. Help me to love others like you do.