This is one of those questions that use to make me afraid. It ranks right up there with, “If you were to die tonight…” When asked, I was never really sure. This was both a good thing and a bad thing though.
It was bad in the fact that guilt was used as a manipulation. Have you checked all the right boxes? Are you sure there isn’t some addendum to a legal code that you’re missing? Have you given every cent you possibly can? Have you done, done, done? This was always presented as though we weren’t doing enough—that if we just did more, the world would get better.
The good thing about this was they were right. There is never enough that we can do to earn a relationship with Father. It’s through Jesus that it was earned. Truly accepting this and believing it allowed me to enter into a state of knowing that my everlasting life rests in Jesus (Matt 11:28-30). Doing it by an ever-increasing list of rules never gave me such assurance—that nothing can separate us from that relationship (Romans 8:38-39).
Are we really resting in the knowledge that Jesus has finished the planned work of redemption?
Are we allowing ourselves to be dragged into doubt where we’re never quite sure of where we stand with God?
Are we preforming rituals just to “cover our bases” or are we working out of the overflowing love relationship with Jesus?
Have we accepted the deposit of the Holy Spirit which promises us the inheritance (Eph 1:13-14, 2 Cor 1:22)?
Are we really trusting in God’s plan?