Christianity is not Performance or acrued

You are saved by grace and not by any works that you should boast. Those are hard words for people to hear that feel like they should have to be doing something. Its normal to feel that way.

The parable of the workers is a prime example of sour puss Christianity. The people worked all day in the field and were paid their agreed upon wage. Then of course comes along another person who gets there late and gets paid the same wage because that was the agreement with the owner. Then the others get upset.

Another is the actions of the Prodigal Son. He did not want to rejoice with his Father about the return of his brother who had been gone. He went on to tell the Father that he had never had a party thrown for him. He had always did what his father had wanted. He had never caused him grief. But what was missing is that he probably did not have a love relationship with his father. Why would I say that? If he really loved his father, he would care about how his father had been grieved over the Prodigal sons’ absense. If he was more about knowing and loving his father than just doing what he presumed his father wanted; he would have rejoiced with him.

It is the same way with our heavenly father. He wants a love relationship with his children. Not a performance driven relationship. We are born again solely based on what Jesus did and believing upon that. Thats it. We are righteous in God’s eyes because of what Jesus did.

What do YOU think?

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  1. In the parable of the workers in the Vineyard, all of them actually DID work. Even the ones who came last did not sit around and do nothing.

    In every message that Jesus gives to one of the seven churches, Jesus says, “I KNOW YOUR WORKS”. But if we listen to the words of Tropical_Guy, Jesus isn’t interested in our works at all. Jesus is not interested in works of the flesh, even religious works of the flesh, but He IS interested in works that are done in God.

    Works in themselves do not prove love – you can do things for the wrong reasons, or out of “flesh”, but the LACK of right works in many cases DO prove a lack of love.

    In Matthew 25:31-46, in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, the only difference it seems between those who go to Destruction and those who enter Life is WHAT THEY DID AND DID NOT DO. According to Jesus, what you do or don’t do to seemingly insignificant people is what you do to HIM. If these are the words of our Savior, then woe to anyone who teaches the exact opposite with smooth sounding words.

    Now lets take a little time to see the way Jesus Christ is looking at churches. And yes, folks, this is AFTER THE CROSS and THE RESURRECTION.

    Rev 2:1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
    Rev 2:2 “I know your works,…”

    Rev 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
    Rev 2:9 .”I know your works, …”

    Rev 2:12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:
    Rev 2:13 “I know your works, …”

    Rev 2:18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
    Rev 2:19 “I know your works, …”

    Rev 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, …”

    Rev 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “HE WHO HAS THE KEY OF DAVID, HE WHO OPENS AND NO ONE SHUTS, AND SHUTS AND NO ONE OPENS”:
    Rev 3:8 “I know your works…”

    Jesus said to the church in Laodicea, and to many of us today:

    Rev 3:14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
    Rev 3:15 “I know your works, …”

    If works don’t matter to Jesus, then why does Jesus say to the church in Ephesus:

    Rev 2:5 “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. ”

    and why does he say to the church in Laodicea:

    Rev 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. “?

    Jesus means what he says. Don’t be deceived by the smooth words of those who tell you what you’d like to hear.

  2. Ok, I agree with the prodigal son’s part. But are we righteous in God’s eyes only because of what Jesus did? If I believe everything that Jesus did and also I know God’s grace yet if I myself live a sinful life which means doing everything against the will of God or say commandments of God, am I still righteous in God’s eye by merely believing in Christ without repenting for my sins? Do I not need to be a follower of Christ too? If I am a follower of Christ then I am performing in the will of God, so it is performance driven along with God’s Grace.

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