Monday Morning Musings #2
Here is today’s question:
Is one’s relationship with the Father based purely on Love, Performance, or both?
This question was prompted after a sermon that my pastor gave on this topic. My comments here are not a reflection on his sermon or the content of the sermon (just for the record, he did a great job).
So here are some of my thoughts on the subject. I believe that God the Father loves us more abundantly than we could ever understand as displayed by the sacrifice of Christ the Son (John 3:16). I don’t believe His love for us is diminished in any capacity by our performance (the things that we do or don’t do) but how does He ‘respond’ to our actions and what does that reaction have to say about the state of relationship?
Some things that come to my mind on this subject are:
- Moses not being allowed to enter Canaan
- David not being allowed to build the temple
- Ananias and Sapphira being struck dead
- John falling as if dead in his Revelation before Christ in Glory (I know this is a weird but I see that as a response of fear-why?)
- Passages in Matthew about the sheep and goats
- Christ’s messages to the church from Revelation
Feel free to discuss openly. I am not looking for the one ‘right’ answer but a dialog concerning our relationship to the Father and how that is reflected in scripture.