Living in Central Asia where Karma is the way of life… I’ve realized that though we as Christians say we don’t believe in Karma, this is far from how we live.
In our own ways, we believe that if we do good, if we are a kind person, if we read and study our Bibles, then God will bless us. On the other hand, we believe that if we fail God and sin, if we don’t spend time with God. Then He is somehow angry with us, and will withhold all that is good.
Thus Christian Karma…
When the amazing reality is, That on my best day and on my worst day, God’s love for me does not change!!!
As I was reading in Deuteronomy yesterday, I came across this verse, “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. (Deut. 10:21)
Over and over in this passage, Moses is stressing to the Israelites as they are getting ready to enter the promised land, that God has chosen them, not because they are anyone special, but because He is God. He tells them that all that God has done in bringing them through the wilderness, defeating their enemies… all of this is not due to them, it is for His name, His glory.
The same is true for us Christian… all the good in our lives is not based on us. It is based on the goodness and greatness of our God. And all the bad, all the problems. These too are not based on us, they are based on the fact that we live in a sinful, fallen world, where bad things happen.
True, God disciplines those He loves. True, God allows trials in our lives to teach us, to train us, to make us more like Christ.
But, to always believe that the problems in our lives are based somehow on our actions, is not so.
Likewise, to always believe that the good in our lives is based on us earning favor with God, is not true.
We serve an amazing, gracious, merciful God, who chooses who He will have favor upon, and whom He will not.
It is called grace.
So what, if how we live does not affect what God does, then why live godly, why live holy?
Because we are commanded to be holy as He is holy.
And when we begin to grasp the awesome truth that our righteousness has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Jesus… we will want to do nothing more than live lives pleasing to our God.
How then do you live?
Do you practice this Christian Karma, believing you have to live and do certain things to earn God’s blessings?
Or are you resting on the truth that when God looks at you… He see’s the blood of Jesus, who took your place, and set you free from sin and death.
Dear sister, He is your praise and He is your God!!!
All we have, all we are, we owe to Him.