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A God Story

When I was younger, it was always about how much I could do and how well I could do something. That was true even when it came to my relationship with God. I wanted to do my best in my actions and be the “good Christian.” I read my Bible. I tried to do what it said. But again and again I failed. We cannot be perfect. We are not perfect. Every time we fail some way or another.

We need to remember that it’s not our story; it is God’s story. It’s not because of what we do that saves us, but we have salvation through the blood of Christ. There is NOTHING we can do to save ourselves. Each of us needs saving. Jesus is the only way.

Salvation through Christ is a free gift. You do not work for it. You do not earn it. If your relationship with God is based on what you can do for Him and how you can follow His Word, you are missing out on what God truly wants and on what God can provide you. When it becomes a “you story” rather than God’s story, it is time to reevaluate your relationship with God and understand you are only set right through Christ. Stop making it about you.

“So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, ‘Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.’ If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.” – Romans 4:1-5 [MSG]