I have short pop quiz for you. Mark the following statements as true or false.
- Moses took two of every animal on the ark.
- When Peter was stoned to death, Saul held the coats of the stoners.
- Able killed Cain because God did not accept his offering.
- David wrote Psalm 1.
- After Bathsheba convinced Samson to tell the secret of his strength, the Philistines cut off his hair.
How do you think you did?
You may be surprised to find out that all the statements are false. Noah took animals on the Ark. Steven, not Peter, was stoned. Cain was the murderous brother. The author of Psalm 1 is anonymous. Delilah was the conniving woman in Samson’s life.
I gave you this quiz to show one thing: we are easily deceived. Satan is the Father of Lies (John 8:44), and he does anything possible to convince us of his falsehoods.
One lie into which many Christians fall is that what we do for God is more important than what God did for us (Swindoll 15). As humans, we are programmed to praise others for their achievements. God, on the other hand, is not impressed with our paltry accomplishments. He is the perfect Creator of the world, after all.
Our self-sacrifice, academic knowledge, generous giving, and careful obedience will never merit any favor from God. Anything that we receive from Him is grace alone.
Swindoll, Charles R. The Grace Awakening. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003. Print.