Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. ~ Our rejoicing, our joy, and our glory is in the atonement of Jesus Christ. It is in the work that he did for us on Calvary. It’s not our works, our prayer time, or any other thing that we can do in life that make us holy, valuable, or accepted by God. Our acceptance of God is through the blood of Jesus Christ. Works without encounters with Christ only makes us more religious and prideful. We begin to trust in our works and feel that the only time we have value is when we are reading enough or praying enough. We must come to understand that God loved us before the foundations of the earth, before we ever had opportunity to do or express our love towards him.
When a couple has a baby, immediately when that child is born, there is an overwhelming love for that baby when all that baby does is drink milk and soil its diaper. For no other reason than that baby belonging to the parents is this love born. It’s the same with God. But what happens if we aren’t careful, we begin to put our confidence in what we can do and feel that God only loves us when we ‘do enough’. But as we come into understanding of this and his love for us, it will stir us to move towards him. We will begin to desire him, his word, and his presence because he first loved us. This ignites faith in us, desire, and passion. And out of these things, works will be birthed. We will begin to pursue him through study of his word and communion with him through our prayer time. You will begin to find yourself spending more time in his word because you begin to gain understanding of who he is.