Tim Challies discusses The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges in today’s post. I appreciate the insight into the performance based life we tend to create when it comes to our walk with God and understanding his blessing. He writes,
According to Bridges, we’ve come to believe that God’s blessing on our lives is somehow conditional upon our spiritual performance. In other words, if we’ve performed well and done our quiet time as we ought to have done, we have put ourselves in a place where God can bless us. We may not consciously articulate this, but we prove that we believe it when we have a bad day and are certain that on this day we are absolutely unworthy of God’s blessings. This attitude “reveals an all-too-common misconception of the Christian life: the thinking that, although we are saved by grace, we earn or forfeit God’s blessings in our daily lives by our performance.”
The entire post is worth reading. Bridges’ book looks like a worthy read as well.