Joel Osteen's wife was "spot on" (bibles-scripture)
There are 2 lines of thinking in the Christian community.
There is one group that believes that their good works will gain them favor, blessings and even justification in the sight of God. Some of them may even say, "look what I've done and what I've accomplished and what I've sacrificed for the Kingdom of God." Even if they don't say it, they probably think it. That's a "works" mentality. The Galatians had that problem. They began their conversion by walking in faith and obedience but eventually were duped by falling back into a "works" metality. Paul even admonished them that by doing so that they fell back under the curse and negated the works of Jesus.
The second line of thinking is a "grace" mentality. That mentality says, "I can accomplish nothing good of my own will or accord. I am totally trusting in and dependent upon Jesus and His direction, His strength, His protection and His Word. But, I can accomplish all things through Him and through Him alone.
In other words, I have nothing to offer to God on my own. What can I do to help Him? What help does He need? All I have to offer Him is to be a vessel for Him to flow through and work through. All credit, honor and glory goes to Him, for what am I without Him?
Just as a baby can offer nothing to its parents. It just receives the parents' love. As the baby grows the parents instruct and guide the child. For whose benefit, the parents or the child's? Of course, the child's. The instructions and guidance are so the child can grow up and be successful and happy in life which brings pleasure to the parents.
As God's children we are to receive and walk in His love. Knowing that His instructions and guidance are for our benefit, not His. He does take pleasure in watching His children walk in His ways because He knows that is the only way we can achieve true success and happiness in life.
God is not some egomaniac sitting on His throne waiting for His servants to bow at His feet.
God is love and love has no selfish motivation whatsoever. Whatever God asks or requires of us in not for His benefit, but for ours.
When we worship God, what are we doing? We are saying to Him that we love His ways. We love His perfection. We love His love for us and the sacrifice He made when He offered His only Son, Jesus to pay the price for us so we can be united with Him forever. When we do so, we are the recipients of His blessings and benefits and His sonship.
So when we worship Him, it is for our benefit, not His. We don't worship Him for selfish reasons but with a pure heart desiring to become more like Him and desiring more of His life to be lived through us.
"All things are for your sakes" II Corinthians 4:15
So Victoria Osteen was "spot on" on her comments.
Jesus came with a message of grace. His persecuters were the ones who had the "works" mentalities (pharisees). Guess what? Nothing has changed too much since then.
- Joel Osteen's wife accused of 'blasphemous' remarks - bibleprobe, 08.31.2014 (bibles-scripture)
- Joel Osteen's wife was "spot on" - PureWord, 09.04.2014