All of us are trying to figure out our existence on earth. All of us are trying to figure out how to make this life work to our advantage. There’s nothing wrong with that. We’d have to be dead to not do that. Whether you’re into astrology, Christianity, atheism, religion or disorganised spirituality, survival of the species (self) is the name of the game.
What’s really weird about Christianity is that we don’t have to look out for ourselves in order to survive. We don’t have to put ourselves first in order to succeed. We don’t have to do it our way in order to win at this game. God’s blessings are given regardless of our “doings.” In fact, the only things that we need to focus on to win in life is “Love God and Love others.” Jesus said, “Do that and everything else will be given to you.”
“Ya but,” someone will say, “that’s doing something in order to get something.”
No actually it isn’t. Our doing for God and for others is not to get something from God but out of gratitude for what He has already done for us.
. Out of His love for us He has already provided for our salvation.
. Out of His love for us He has already provided for our eternity in heaven.
. Out of His love for us He has already provided a means of rescue from eternity in Hell.
. Out of His love for us He has already provided a means for our transformation in character.
This concept is seen in Jesus’ most famous teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. Here we clearly see that God’s blessings of Himself and His kingdom are anything but a reward or a result of being poor in spirit, and meek, and peacemakers and humble or for those seeking God. The presence of Jesus, and the acceptance into His kingdom is offered to anyone and everyone. Especially, His gift of grace is bestowed on those of us most unlikely to be seen as worthy. Just because that's who God is.
It is only upon realising, “You, God, did that for me?!!!” it is only when we are blown away by the reality that we are loved beyond imagination or desire that we abdicate the throne of our lives and turn our lives over to our Creator. We accept His leading, His direction, His concern, His love.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.