Updated: Aug 4
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
If you’re a goal-oriented or a ‘to-do’ list person like I am, you get excited about completing a goal. Or you get excited when you’re able to check even one task off of your list.
Well, I remember the first time I completed the ‘Bible in a Year’ plan. I was so proud. Like, I finally read through the entire bible. Yay, me. I could finally say, “I read the Bible in a year". Oh, how proud I was of myself.
Now, that was last year. But for this year, it has not even been a part of my goals. Although, reading and studying the Word of God is always a goal. I haven’t been remotely close to reading the entire Bible since the last time.
But you know what? One thing that I realized is, Jesus did not love me any better because I read through the Bible in a year. Nor does He love me any less now because I haven’t done it again.
You see, God is not in Heaven keeping score.
He is not moved by our checklists, by our goals, by our human ability to meet man-made rules, regulations, or ideals.
God’s main concern for us is that of our faith in Him.
He is much more concerned with what we believe than what we do.
And there are so many instances in the Bible where God says that it is the person’s faith that has made them whole, healed or set free. It was not because of the “things” that those people did in their life. But it was because of their faith in Him.
In Matthew 9:29, we see, “Then He touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you’”.
In Mark 2:5, we read, “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son your sins are forgiven.’”
We see this with the woman with the issue of blood, who pushes through the crowd to get to Jesus. She reaches out to touch the hem of his garment. And Jesus tells her in Mark 5:34, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored you to health”.
The Bible says that “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6). It is all about our faith.
And our life in Him is purely based on His love for us and His love alone.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).