“the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to possess” –Dt 30:16
Being a Christian is about earning check marks in God’s book, right?
And as the people of Israel stand ready to enter the promised land, we see how belief leads to action. See, God has already set aside the blessing of land for his chosen people. The Lord had a plan way back when he rescued them from slavery in Egypt. The blessing already exists. Israel doesn’t have to keep God’s commandments in order to “earn” the promised land, God has already given it freely to them. The issue, however, is Israel’s ability to live and dwell in God’s land. God doesn’t force us to change our lives to conform to his ways. But, without leaving behind our worldly ways of thinking, and transforming our lives in order to live joyfully in God’s kingdom, there’s simply no way we would ever be content in God’s promised land!
Think of it this way—life in God’s kingdom is different than our earthly reality. God’s kingdom is based on love. As we follow the Lord Jesus as his disciples, we gradually want to change our ways, to conform to his example. Why? Not to “earn” blessings, but to become people who can live in God’s kingdom, living by God’s rules with joy. The kingdom of God has come—it exists now and in eternity. The question is, are we ready to live there, to possess God’s blessings both now and forever?