In applying for a job, what we do is important.
Being rectified for our mistakes, what we did is important.
Sadly, the world’s standard for respect considers what we do as important.
Does God judge us using the same standard?
RBC ministries came out with a very inspiring website, discovertheword.org, which features online a Radio Bible Class. This endeavor is designed to stimulate and involve netizens to insightful conversations about biblically based subjects that amazingly relate to our daily living. Instantly, I got drawn and immersed to it.
Last March 15th, the discussants, led by Haddon Robinson, pondered on the relationship between faith and works.
By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned. (Hebrews 11:29, MSG)
Israelites. Egyptians. They both moved forward but with different motives. The Israelites acted on because they trust God. Haddon Robinson elaborates, ”God judges us not on the basis of what we do but why we do it. The Israelites moved in faith because they have a Word from God.” He further adds, “Two people may do the same thing, but it is not the same thing. Some deeds reflect faith and others reflect self-sufficiency. The motive makes the difference.”
I asked myself these two questions: “Have I done things because God wanted me to do it?”; and “Have I responded to a situation because I believe it is the right thing to do?”
A wise king wrote, “We may think we are doing the right thing, but the LORD always knows what is in our hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2, CEV)
I once wondered,”How am I supposed to win over my endless trials?” I wouldn’t know. Only God knows and I am learning I need to trust and obey Him. It is a journey filled with potholes, nonetheless, this broken road prepares His will for me.