Do you know who’s keeping score? If you let others keep your score, you’ll be in big trouble because you’ll think that you’re losing when you’re not.
It has been a while but we are back with a new series that is called #gamechanger and as usual, it is awesome.
The whole idea behind is that in life we play several games like the game of finances and the game of relationships. Sometimes when we think that we are winning at the game of relationships turns out that we are also losing in the game of finances and vice-versa.
I’m sure you have experienced that feeling because there are so many games to play in our life that sometimes we get to feel that we are losing in some of them.
In order to understand better the whole idea, we are going to read what Jesus said about this.
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.— Matthew 6:1-4 NIV
By default, we tend to let others keep score of us but that’s an awful idea because when we compare to others we get a feeling of failure.
When you start having a relationship with God is when He becomes your scorekeeper and you will notice the differences because the game changes.
The first thing God does in our life is to challenge our values.
It’s about the right game
You may have noticed how good the church is at challenging the values of the world (like sexuality, entertainment, and so on) but the first thing Jesus did was to challenge the values of the church itself.
Jesus is less concern of playing the game right and more concern of playing the right game. We, as the church, tend to focus on playing the game right but usually, we focus on the wrong game as the religious people did at the time of Jesus.
Jesus said 6 times this phrase: ”you have heard it said, but I say to you now…”. With this words, Jesus was talking to the people who had perfected the appearance of religion, that is, those who have a perfect behavior but the wrong believe underneath.
If your values are shallow, your victories will be empty.
Religious people hated Jesus because He didn’t endorse their values. Actually, He challenged their values so He could get beneath their actions.
For example, Jesus said ”you’ve heard it said ’love your neighbors’ but that’s easy. I say ’love your enemies’.” And that changes the whole game. Grace always changes the game.
When people heard Jesus, they were amazed. Not because of his wisdom but because He had authority. Something that religious people lacked since they only were righteous in appearance.
Who’s keeping score?
Going back to the beginning of who’s keeping score, you should know that for us to know if we are winning or not is not by asking people or having an external scoreboard, because our bank account is a bad indicator of our success.
Most of us think we are losing because of our finances, relationships, personal growth, and so on. The thing is that we might be winning but we’re still on the process.
So the best indicator that we are doing well is when our actions match our values.
It’s about the reasons beneath
Jesus is not saying that you have to write your checks in the closet so nobody knows when you’re giving.
What Jesus is saying is that if your reason to give is recognition then that will be your reward.
Your reason determines your reward.
When you read on the Scripture things like ”your reward in heaven” or ”your reward from your Father”, is not saying that you will get your reward in another place (like in heaven), it’s saying that you will get your reward from another place.
The revelation for me is that if I’m writing this post for you, then you hold my reward. But if I’m writing this for God, He holds my reward.
Now it makes sense when the Scripture recommends us to do whatever we do as something we do for God.
Grace changes the game
Jesus said ”I didn’t come to abolish it but to fulfill it, in other words, I came to give you a different reason”.
Now we don’t do things as an obligation but because of the grace of God. It’s a simple shift in perspective.
As long as you have shallow reasons you’ll get empty victories.
The reason why we got hurt is that we expected the reward from people. We usually expect too much from people and that’s the problem of doing things for people.
Meanwhile, if you do things for God, He will be the one who gives us the reward. Actually, He gave us the reward of grace in advanced.
Jesus wants us to get to the point were grace have changed us and we no longer need to think or pray about most things because we’ll know what to do.
Don’t forget about the values which are beneath the behavior and beneath the actions.
When you have crappy values you will never have lasting joy. Popularity and power are crappy values.
When the values are shallow, the victories are empty.
Say this out loud: God is my source and He is my reward.
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- Who’s keeping score? | Steven Furtick | Gamechanger | [Link]