“What are you Doing for Christ?”
This is aptly the first lie to expose and address in our 6-week mini-series. It sets the stage for the next 5 dangerous lies.
Don’t be fooled by the question mark at the end of this lie. Just like Eve was questioned by the Devil in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-7), so we can be ensnared by seemingly benign questions that appear good but lead to the darkness of doubt and sin.
TRUTH: “What has Christ DONE for you?”
- I was a helpless sinner in need of salvation
- Christ saved me by giving me grace
- Therefore, I owe Christ for His grace
Hmm, at first glance this seems legitimately good. But what is grace? Grace is free forgiveness and unmerited favor. So if someone gives you grace it is impossible to owe him or her for it. That would be like me giving you a birthday present then you trying to reimburse me for it. It’s fundamentally contradictory! You don’t owe someone for his or her gift like you don’t owe Christ for His grace.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
Love and Appreciation
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
“We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And [Jesus] said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:36-39