In his book, Discovering Our Spiritual Identity, Trevor Hudson writes that each of us has a picture of God drawn inside our hearts and minds. That picture is formed through our experiences with many different people including our earthly parents, church leaders, and of course our culture.
How we picture God significantly influences how we live our lives and especially how we relate to God. It especially influences whether we take our critical needs for love, worth and impact back to Him.
If we have a wrong view of God, we will misunderstand His intentions and purposes for what happens in our life. We will interpret our circumstances through the wrong lens and end up with faulty conclusions.
One common misconception of God is that His love is performance based.
Hudson describes this view as seeing God as a passive spectator, sitting in the balcony of our lives, applauding only when we have given a satisfactory performance.
If we believe God’s love depends on our performance, we will be driven to earn God’s love through our actions. We will feel good about our relationship with Him as long as we are meeting our personal performance goals in church, ministry, and work. But when we fall short of our performance goals, our perception will be that God’s love for us has diminished.
We will never experience what it means to rest in God’s love if we believe it depends on our performance.
Today’s verse reminds us that God loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions. If God loved us even when we were lost in sin, His love can’t be performance based.
We easily fall into the trap of believing that God’s love is performance based because much of the world is that way…especially the world of medicine. After all…how do we progress in medicine?
Finally, many of us are drawn into medicine because it is a wonderful way of getting the applause we need.
Spend some time reflecting on how performance based thinking has crept into your relationship with the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I believe Your love is performance based.