πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Who’s Been Good To Whom?

As I once left a restaurant, the cashier and part owner asked how β€œthe pastor” was feeling. I replied: β€œFine. The Lord has been very good to me.”

With this she began to tell how good the Lord had been toΒ her. She had come to America from Greece and had raised a family and prospered here until now, with her family, she owned and operated a good-sized restaurant. β€œSo”, she said, β€œthe Lord has been good to me”, and after a moment’s hesitation,Β β€œbut then, I’ve been good to Him too!”

Imagine! HowΒ HeΒ neededΒ her! It is sad, but this is the low conception of God held by many religious, but unsaved people. They entertain the strange notion that if they put a few dollars into the Church, God ought to bless them β€” or the still more foolish notion that if they are good toΒ others,Β HeΒ ought to be good toΒ them!

ButΒ HeΒ owes us nothing just because we may have been good toΒ others! And even if we sought only to please Him, this would not make Him our debtor. He does not need us. There is nothing we can do to enrichΒ Him. This is why Ephesians 2:8-10 declares that salvation isΒ β€œnot of yourselves”, andΒ β€œnot of works, lest any man should boast”.

No, we cannot gain His favor by β€œbeing good to Him”. Yet, it is true thatΒ His childrenΒ will be rewarded for faithfulness to Him. This is not a dispensational matter; it is a promise that God has always held out to His people (Dan. 12:3; Matt. 25:21; I Cor. 4:5; I Thes. 2:19; II Tim. 4:7,8; I Pet. 5:1). But such rewards are β€œrewards of grace”.

Let us who know Him, then, seek above all else to beΒ faithfulΒ in our service to Him, not to gainΒ acceptanceΒ with God, for He has already β€œmade us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6), but rather out of love and gratitude to Him who gave Himself for us. source

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