In what areas of Your life do you believe you have God’s favor due to your actions? Have you earned His favor through obedience?
You go to church every Sunday, you study Him through His word, you give time and money to charity, you help your friends and neighbors.
Or do you believe you have earned His favor through the things that you don’t do?
You don’t spend time with people of questionable moral fiber, you don’t use inappropriate language, drink to excess or watch violent movies.
When we depend on our actions to please Him, our actions before Him are like filthy rags. The point is to not depend on the rags whether they are filthy or sparkling white. God’s grace is the only way to His favor. And with the measure of grace that we believe, live in and extend, that we shall receive.
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;…
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”