Tit for Tat

Reading through the Old Testament, we might get the impression that God operates in a tit-for-tat mode — His people do something good, He does good things for them. When they do something bad, He brings judgment on them. That may lead us to think that if we just do something good, God will answer our prayer and do something good for us.

But to see Him as a tit-for-tat God trading one good deed for another is to misinterpret those Bible stories. God has never been after our good deeds.

He wants nothing less than our whole life. The life that He gave us to begin with.

So He starts the trade by giving us life. We can give it back to Him, but only as an all or nothing deal.

Then He ups the ante by returning it to us as eternal life. All we have left to trade back is our never ceasing worship — which, by the way, was a gift from Him to begin with.

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