"Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17)
What must I do to inherit eternal life. Did you get that? I have that mindset most of the time as well. Somehow I convince myself that my eternal destiny (and that of others, if I'm really being honest) depends on me. I convince myself that I must do certain things in order to inherit God's blessing and favor. Yet inheritance, when you really think about it, comes from who you are, not from what you do. But still I continue to do in hopes of achieving something that can only be received. How much better would it be if my doing flowed out of gratitude for what I have freely received from God, rather than out of fear that I will somehow miss out (or get left out) due to my own inadequacies or inabilities. Trying to achieve something that can only be received will leave you frustrated, not to mention completely exhausted. So what must we do to receive this delightful inheritance? Just be his. Be his child. Delight in our Father. Let him capture our hearts with his love. And live our lives in response to his abundant grace.