God Doesn’t Give Ratings

A group of wonderful Watermark attenders and fellow co-workers decided to start a weekly e-mail blast of devotionals to our fellow co-workers and invited me along the journey. Here is this week’s post:
Good morning!
This week marks the 8th week of my first busy season ever! I graduated from SMU in May 2012 and started at EY in November 2012. So I’m still trying to figure out all these EY abbreviations, gT&E, and making sure I get iced tea from floor 17 before it runs out. Starting out fresh in the consulting industry has taken a bit of getting used to. We work in an industry that is all performance based. Every day we are evaluated by the quality of our work and are held to a higher standard. Our reward and recognition is entirely based on the rating we receive at our review. I had some trouble with work a couple weeks ago and was brought into the boss’ office to discuss possible ways to improve. I was reminded, yet again, of the proverbial “5”. Since my introduction to this goal, I’ve been pushing myself behind all reason to reach it and make up for my previous mistakes. I became very burdened, stressed, and exhausted trying to prove myself to my peers and my superiors. After working myself to the bone, I took a step back to reset my priorities and refocus my thoughts. After some time in the Word,  I was overcome with thankfulness. I realized how blessed we are to belong to a God who doesn’t give ratings. Our eternal reward isn’t based on how well we do in this life or how perfect we lived it. He doesn’t require anything from us. He simply wants us to come to Him.
“But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.” Romans 11:6
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8
 When we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, our worldly selves were cast away and we became new creations. The old is gone the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)! All of of our sins are wiped clean and nothing we do will separate us from God’s grace and love.
 So as you start off your Monday morning (probably with a checklist a mile long, an inbox about to explode, and a deadline coming up soon) take a deep breath and let God’s peace wash over you. He died for all that you are: all your successes and all your failures. All of it.
“Men may flee from the sunlight to dark and musty caves of the earth, but they cannot put out the sun. So men may in any dispensation despise the grace of God, but they cannot extinguish it.” -A. W. Tozer
 Ali Gatewood-Transaction Real Estate (TRE) Staff I; Daughter of Christ

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