Do you want to know what God expects of you or what makes you acceptable in His sight? Do you feel like the universe is bearing down on your shoulders with a weight meant to crush you? Do you gasp for relief or just to gain another breath so you can manage to hold it up for another minute?
You may struggle with all these things, as I know I have, and do, but the reality is, it is a broken and ineffectual effort. Really, it affords us nothing and makes no real difference in how God sees us.
Sound harsh? Well, that depends on your sense of what true liberty is. Liberty is not being free to make your way to God, but recognizing that you’re free because God has made His way to you!
You do not have to consider a universe worth of divine expectations anymore. In Christ, the law’s impact on you has been reversed! All the debts of character and virtue you owed have been paid back. But, not only that, the sum times infinity has been paid back into your spiritual bank account.
There is no longer any need to fear God as the Banker you owe and must do a weak-kneed business with. His Son, Jesus, has resolved all the fees you owed and has signed Himself on to become the primary account holder of your “checking” and “savings”.
There is no fear anymore. The penalty has been paid beyond your greatest capacity to fail as a bank customer and the mess you make of deposits and withdraws is now under the capable management of your new Best Friend.
Now, this is not a ticket to run back out with a wad of petty cash and spend away. Consider the One who earned it for you and the purposes He has for its use. He has made you well-to-do to-do-well unto Him and others.
Think about it: This is not a harsh expectation, but a wonderful and lofty one. Wonderful, because you could not do better; lofty because only He in you can do what is better. May I encourage you to look into the matter He’s laid before you and see what it’s all about? Surely you will do no less than discover, and hopefully begin practicing, what banking is really all about!