There are so many things that we have to earn: Good grades, Paychecks, Trust, Respect… the list could go on. However, I have a question… how do you feel when it seems like you’re always having to earn someone’s love and approval? Let me tell you about the one thing we will never have to earn: God’s love.
Eph 2:8-9 says, “For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving.”
We don’t deserve salvation, but God gives it freely to those who believe. He does this because of His love for us.
Now, on the flip side, how often do you give credit to God? Has God ever asked you to do something for someone? Did you do it? Afterward did you give God the glory or did you boast about what you did?
Too often we think we are doing things, such as leading others to know Jesus or even buying someone a meal, but without the Holy Spirit, we cannot do anything. We have to make sure that we are giving the praise to God. God gives us everything we have, even the money you used to purchase that meal for the person.
Paul tells us in Eph 4:1-7, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
God’s grace covers us when we make a mistake but more than that, God’s Grace means that there is nothing I can do to make him love me more or less. His love is more than I can imagine. When we accept Jesus into our hearts we should be compelled to do things for God but we can’t do these things expecting something in return or in a prideful way. Otherwise, we are doing it for our own satisfaction or maybe to make us feel like we are earning God’s love, which we can’t do.
Another amazing thing about God is that God loves us so much that He seeks us out. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
If you have every seen the movie Mulan, you know the struggles that she went through to prove herself. Not just to her family, but to everyone around her. This was because she was told from the beginning that she would never amount to anything and that she was a disgrace to her family.
But at the end of the movie, after she has saved all of China, she goes back home with gifts from the Emperor and presents them to her father. Her father takes them and pushes them to the side and pulls Mulan into a hug saying, “The greatest honor, is having you as a daughter.” This hit me hard the other day.
You see, In the same way that Mulan’s dad loved Mulan more than he loved what she had brought him—think about how much more God cares about us. No one on earth, not even our parents, love us as much as God loves us.
So the next time you’re doing something because you think you need to “earn” someone’s love. Question whether you are striving to keep the relationship going, or if it is a healthy relationship. This has been a journey I have been on with God and I know that I’m now the only one that needed to hear this.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Drop a comment below. Share this post with your friends. Let’s start a revolution of not trying to earn love!