We can’t bribe God! 

We can’t buy His favor. 

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more.  His love is unconditional.  I love that about Him. I don’t have to work harder, I don’t have give more, I don’t have to really do anything to gain His favor.  He isn’t a respecter of people. He puts everyone on a even playing field. That’s justice. That’s grace. 

We can’t bribe God to overlook our wrongs either. 

   When Jesus went to the Cross,  He wasn’t bribing God to look the other way on our behalf. Jesus didn’t pay a bribe, He paid a debt. We aren’t being overlooked at the Cross, we are being justified.  That’s justice, that’s mercy. When we intercede or confront an injustice in the world, like “Rape as a Weapon of War” in the Congo, we aren’t asking God to overlook the rape (that’s just silly) we are asking God to stop them. The same goes for us, we aren’t asking God to overlook our sins, we are asking God to stop them in our lives. That’s justice. I’m glad Jesus didn’t take the bribe to stay home.

May we not be bribed to overlook injustice.

I’m not talking about pointing out everyone’s faults, we are told to pay them no mind, let God sort them out. We are  told to defend the defenseless, to reach out with mercy to the unfortunate, the afflicted, the raped, the exploited, the sick, the helpless, the homeless, the lost.  We are told to reach out of ourselves and be God’s hands and feet. Reaching out to our neighbors whether we like them or not is a God thing. Bribes make a person blind to justice. 

May our favor not be for sale.

One of the biggest tragedies I see in the church is a leader working for the applause of man. We all have this deep God given need to be accepted.  However, when we look to man instead of God to fill that need doesn’t that make us idolators. 

God has given us gifts, talents and favor to do the things He has asked us to do.  May those gifts be invested for His kingdom and not ours. May we be good stewards of the things God has given us.  It’s not about our giftings going to the highest bidder.  I get a little ticked when I hear of women speakers that will change their message when only 10 people show up. If their message was good for 200 it is good for 10.   

Sometimes we put our favor on the market by demanding preachers, teachers and even worship leaders to perform for us, instead of minister.  We want them to preach a certain way, sing like a rock star, and don’t get me started on the dress code going past common sense.  If we can be bought, we can be sold.  If we do it to our leaders, then guess what you will feel the pressure to perform as well. 

What are some injustices that you would like to see your ministry address?