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Repaying God

I recently heard someone thank God in a prayer recently.  I don’t think that is unusual, but it was what they said next that caused me to pause.

They brought up trying to repay God for His goodness to us.

I didn’t quite do a Linda Blair head spin, but I did immediately wonder about what this person believed about God.

Don’t get me wrong.  I think many people think this way.  I think we all have at some point in our lives.

I just think it’s wrong.

Thinking that we have repay God for his goodness and grace is simply not Biblical.  Here’s what I mean.

If we believe, like Paul writes, that salvation is the free gift of God then there is no way that we can repay Him.  If we believe that we can repay God, then salvation quits being a gift and becomes something that we can buy.  You and I cannot buy salvation.  Only Christ could do that for us.  Our wages are death.  The only thing we can buy is an eternal punishment.

I understand that this flies in the face of how we are wired.  We simply don’t want something for nothing.

The fact is, though, that we cannot repay God.  He doesn’t want us to and we don’t have the ability.

Have you ever thought about repaying God?  Do you realize that you can’t?

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