- You believe God wants you to live by the 10 Commandments.
- You are committed to doing the “right” things so you can be a good Christian.
- You believe you will have a bad day if you don’t read your Bible and pray.
- You believe God’s blessings are given to you by him as a result of your obedience.
- You fear God’s punishment when you sin.
- You live with a frequent cloud of guilt over you.
- You rarely experience very much joy and peace in you life.
- You view yourself as either superior of inferior to certain Christians.
- You keep trying harder and harder to make your Christian life work.
- You find yourself more and more discouraged or even depressed about your lack of progress as a Christian.
If the majority of these describe you, they you are unfortunately addicted to Check-list Christianity. Here’s the good news though. Jesus got rid of all your checklists when he died on the cross and you died with him. Romans 7:4 says it this way:
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
You have the Holy Spirit in you now and God’s law (character) written on your new heard in Christ. Live like who you are in Christ in an intimate relationship with Him and your joy and peace will restore you beaten down soul!
Excerpt from God’s Best-Kept Secret. Copyright 2017 by Mark Maulding. Published by Baker, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Used by permission.
For many of us, the attempt to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. Yet that’s not the kind of life God intends for us to experience. What if he never meant for us to try so hard? What if overcoming sin doesn’t rely on our own self-control? What if loving others isn’t about saying and doing all the right things? What if we could feel closer to God without doing anything?