I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times: “Everyone has their cross to bear.” That phrase is almost universally used for some kind of suffering. “Taking up your cross” is also constantly interpreted in the church as “dying to self” or “bringing your flesh into submission.” Where is that interpretation in the Bible? Your guess is as good as mine. “Taking up your cross” is actually referring to rest from your works and your salvation.
Unfortunately, it is almost common knowledge in the church that when we get to Heaven or when Jesus comes back again, we will all be rewarded for our actions. Supposedly, all of our actions will be tested by fire, and we will be rewarded for the good ones that we’ve done. None of this is even close to being true.
Let’s clarify something right from the start, grace includes “unmerited“ (undeserved) favor, but the Bible does not define grace as “unmerited favor.“ It defines grace as “unworked-for favor.“ Let’s explain.
God is good all the time? That’s actually not true; at least not the way that people say it. And I know you are probably curious about this article, but before we go any further, we need to establish some common ground.
What You Were Taught
Allow me to show you what you were most likely taught about fasting. It usually goes something like this:
“Fasting is a way to deny your flesh and put your flesh in submission. It’s something you do to focus solely on God and deprive your flesh.”
As a believer, should you have a clean conscience if you tell a lie? Should you have a clean conscience if steal something? Should you have a clean conscience if you hurt someone’s feelings? You can.
If you call yourself a Christian — well, even if you’ve ever been to church before — for that matter, even if you’ve ever been to a home decor shop, I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “love is the greatest of these” or seen it stitched on a pillow somewhere.
Recently, we released an article called “Nobody’s Perfect? Untrue!“ which addressed the misconception that “nobody is perfect“. Well, today let’s address the misconception that “we are all sinners.“ That is also not true!
This is the truth about giving and tithing that you’ve probably never heard before!