Performance vs. Faith
Wednesday, August, 24, 2016 | 1:39 PM | by Munholland
Performance vs. Faith
In our performance-driven society we quickly learn that our acceptance, recognition, and rewards in life come directly from our performance as a worker, a child, a spouse, and a friend. We are seduced into thinking that we deserve all the good things coming our way. Our logic is impeccably flawed: I received something good, therefore I must be really good. This is quickly followed up by this thought: I produced the good in my life because I am so good. We drink deeply of the intoxicating brew and let those recognitions and rewards go to our heads. Moses warned the Israelites of this type of thinking about who they are and where their blessings come from.
'You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.' (Deut 8:17-18)
'After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, "The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness." '(Deut. 9:4)
Paul struggled with this self-righteousness. He had been seduced into thinking that faith was about performance.
'If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.' (Phil 3:4-6)
However, Paul's thinking was utterly transformed when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. His whole tune changed. He realized that he didn't have to strive to become good enough, faithful enough, pure enough, zealous enough, or right enough. He no longer had to prove himself to God or others - he could rest in God's grace. He considered all his performance-oriented striving as worthless:
'I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.' (Phil 3:8-9)
In Healing Prayer by Francis McNutt, the author emphasizes that our faith is not in our faith, but in Jesus' faithfulness; not in our power, but in God's power to create and recreate; not in our devoted love, but in God's unsurpassing love that sent his son into the world. We start living - truly living - when we stop striving to gain God's faithfulness, power, and love.
Gd loves you beyond your wildest imagination and there is nothing you can do about it. God wants to speak to you, guide you, bless you, and use you in amazing ways that will bring deep satisfaction and joy. If you try to earn it, you will miss it. If you just open your heart wide and say, 'Thank you,' all the treasures of God's kingdom will be yours.
Dr. Jonathan Beck
1201 Metairie Rd.,
Metairie, LA 70005
Flood Relief News You Can Use
We have had an outpouring of love and support for those who have been affected by the historic flooding in Baton Rouge and Acadiana. Here is a snap shot of what Munholland has been doing.
2 Mission Teams have gone to Baton Rouge totaling 28 people so far
3 U-haul Trucks full of supplies
Hundreds of personal donations of supplies
Thousands of dollars in financial donations
People not directly connected to Munholland-- from 10 states!-- have been represented in giving online and donations sent by UPS
Ways you can continue to help:
1. Make a monetary donation.
a. Now that the immediate need of items has been met, people are in need of financial support to buy exactly what they need to get back on their feet.
b. Make checks out to Munholland UMC with 'Flood Relief' in the memo, or give online at munhollandumc.org (Flood Relief), or by bringing/mailing monetary donations to the church.
2. Go on a mini-mission trip to muck out houses and serve meals.
a. Thursday 8/25 8 am-3 pm
* Mission Team trip to Magnolia UMC Baton Rouge
* Meet in Metairie Road parking lot at 8 am with a change of clothes, closed toe shoes, and a water bottle
* Also, please bring waterproof gloves (if you have them) and any tools and equipment you have such as brooms & dust pans, box cutters, crowbars, shovels, saws, etc
b. Saturday 8/27 8 am-3 pm
* Mission Team trip to Baton Rouge
* Meet in Metairie Road parking lot at 8 am with a change of clothes,closed toe shoes,), water bottle, packed lunch
* Also, please bring waterproof gloves (if you have them) and any tools and equipment you have such as brooms & dust pans, box cutters, crowbars, shovels, saws, etc.
Thank you for your generous spirits. It is making a bigger difference than you will ever know!
Study Hall Director needed Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. The purpose of the Study Hall is to provide a safe Christian environment in which Haynes Middle schoolers can do their homework and be tutored. It will be focused on kids who need academic help. The Director will be responsible for organizing the program, hiring employees, and recruiting volunteer tutors. If interested, contact Jessika Horner at 504-729-7069 for more information and a job description. Résumés must be submitted by Friday, August 31st to firstname.lastname@example.org.