First, a confession: My life revolved around to-do lists, and things got done. . .but contentment eluded me like sunshine in the Northwest.
Little things got done: get a haircut. CHECK.
And big things: write a book. CHECK.
And even bigger things: marry my college sweetheart, buy a house, start a family. TRIPLE CHECK.
I worked My List. Another accomplishment. Another reason to feel good. Hey, doesn’t the Bible say, “God helps those who help themselves”?
Most Christians — 80 percent, according to a poll by the Barna Group — believe it’s scriptural. Far from it. The message championing self-initiative denies God’s grace.
The Bible speaks clearly that God helps those who cannot help themselves. He even helps those who don’t deserve it. People like you and me.
Here are a few examples from the Bible:
~ Jesus fed 5,000 men (and probably as many women and children) with two loaves of bread and a few fish.
~ Jesus healed a man who had waited by a pool for 38 years but couldn’t get ito the water. “I have no one to help me,” he said to Jesus “and I can’t do it myself.”
~ Jesus sought out Zacchaeus, a cheat, and ate at his home with the dregs of the community, sharing the good news.
So what does this mean and why does it matter?
Knowing God helps the helpless means that you and I can rest in Jesus. We don’t have to work to get blessings (this is work not grace) because believers have every spiritual blessing now (Ephesians 1:3). You also have complete acceptance in Christ. You cannot do anything to become more acceptable.
You may even discover, as I did, that all the to-do lists in the world fail to translate into real significance. Sure, you may complete more stuff as you work you list. But are you content?
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You Are Blessed,