Do you ever feel that you have to measure up?
Do you wonder sometimes how you are grading out in God’s eyes? I suspect the answer for most people is “Yes”. Our theology may tell us otherwise, but I think most people struggle with this from time to time – especially when we feel emotionally tired and as if we are coasting in neutral gear spiritually.
I’m not sure many people are even aware they feel this way. We know our theology well enough, and so we remind ourselves of the truth of the Gospel: That we are declared righteous in Christ. This is a wonderful truth. But sometimes we don’t really live in the light of this truth. This is the difference between our confessional theology and our functional theology.
In other words there is sometimes (often?) a gap between what we know to be the facts and the way we allow those facts to impact our heart and emotions. Put mathmatically, the difference between our confessional theology and our functional theology equals frustration. (F – C = Frus)
A few months ago I posted an excellent article by Paula Rinehart, that had originally been written for The Navigators’ Discipleship Journal. Because I know the tendency we have toward wandering onto what Jerry Bridges calls a Performance Treadmill, I wanted to post it again.
If you ever find yourself tired of trying to measure up, or if know others around you who seem to fall into that trap, you will appreciate: