Checkout 51 is a web site that gives you money back on your groceries. You check for their offers, buy the groceries, mark the allowed items on your grocery bill and scan them into the site. A little bit of coin here, a little bit of coin there and low and behold; before you know it, they send you a check for $20.
That’s a great idea isn’t it? Unfortunately, it is also some people’s idea of heaven. I will be nice to my cranky neighbour today and God will love me a bit. I will volunteer at the shelter and get some brownie points with God.
That is not how heaven works at all. God only asks one thing of us and that is to believe. Of course after we do that, God will help us do those other things with joy!
Still later, as the Eleven were eating supper, he appeared and took them to task most severely for their stubborn unbelief, refusing to believe those who had seen him raised up. Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned. (Mark 14-16, MSG)
How is that working where you are?
Prayer – Father God, it seems too good to be true that you love us so much…give us grace to take it into our selves and believe you. Amen