Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.
As I worked selling phones, I studied phones. I studied the promotions and what advantage each phone had over the other. Then, I learned to sell internet devices. I experienced the transition from 3G to 4G LTE, and I was able to explain the advantages of 4G compared to 3G.
Then, tablets entered the market with Verizon making a push to sell, sell, sell. So I did. Nearly every customer received a tablet pitch from me.
In doing so, I received a paycheck based on my work. Per my agreement with my employer, I sold products and would then be paid. It was not a gift from them, but my employer had an obligation to pay me based on the work I performed.
Work Based Sanctification
If you are like me, I would never say I believe in work based salvation. In fact, I don’t. However, how I act in my relationship with Christ is very similar to how I view work.
Yes, I know. Salvation is of grace. Yet, how I act towards God is very similar to how I act at work. I want to impress God. The need to ask God to forgive me for things I may have committed. I might have been had a bad attitude. Or, I may not have said that in the best possible way.
I want a pat on the back from God because of my performance. Maybe He will be impressed by how often I ask Him to forgive me? I treat my relationship with Jesus as an attempt to impress God with the work I have done, or think I have done. Where does this leave me?
Sanctification is a Gift
Why do I feel the need to impress God? Romans 4 clearly teaches that I do not work to earn anything. God gives freely.
God has already given me everything I need. I cannot add to it and I cannot take away.
Jesus’ death is sufficient and his grace is all I need (2 Corinthians 12:9). If his grace is sufficient for me, and I cannot impress God with my efforts, what can I do?
I can only rest in God because I know nothing I do saves me (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is only God. The Creator of the world chose to show me grace and loves me despite my rebellious behavior. I commit treason against God, and He never stops having my best interest in mind.
Jesus’ blood is sufficient for me. Because His blood is sufficient for me, I can rest solely in Christ and desire to be like Him. My desire to be like Jesus changes when I understand I do not have to impress God. When I am grasp the beauty of God’s grace, I desire to be like the one who has changed my life, knowing fully I bring nothing to the table, and yet Christ has given freely to me.