Psalms: 1, 2, 3
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:9-14
New Testament: 2 Cor 10:1-18

Know, then, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to occupy because of your righteousness; for you are a stubborn people. (Deut 9:6)

Speaking of my own experience, I used to think that the spiritual life was about being righteous so I could get stuff. Blessing, entry into heaven, fruitful relationships… all the things that make life worth living.

It makes sense right??? You get what you work for. Gotta work hard for the things that you want. You are responsible for your own actions.

But that’s not the Gospel message. The Gospel message is that the things we want are bestowed as gifts, that forgiveness is freely given, and that Jesus–not us–is responsible for the consequences of our action.

Here in Deuteronomy, the LORD makes it very clear that everything He does flows from His own nature, rather than any deeds we have done. The idea that Judaism is a religion of following rules vs. Christian Grace is simply not true.

God help us if we ever use the free gift us Grace to create an “us vs. them” mentality.+