The double-decker-stir-fry lie

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I am prone to making poor meal-time decisions.

Sometimes, it’s a cookie for breakfast. Sometimes, it’s pie and chips for dinner. Often, it’s pie and chips for dinner.

Last week I bought some ‘Diddy Deckers’. I ate the whole bag for lunch. So for dinner, I cooked a vegetable stir fry. Surely this would cancel out my bad lunchtime choice?

Believing the lie

In my walk with Jesus, I’m never far from the double-decker-stir-fry lie.

I can easily default to living as if being loved by God is down to whether I’ve made more good decisions than bad ones.

After a bad week, I might feel something like this: “I got angry with my son this morning. I’ve been so inward-looking recently. God can’t love me when I’ve made all the wrong decisions - for the thousandth time.”

Believing the truth

If this is the lie, what’s the truth?

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it" (Ephesians 2:8-9, NLT)

Isn’t this a relief? His love for us is never dependent on how well we’re doing. It’s a gift, not a prize won as a result of hard work. 

We don’t cancel out our failures by doing the spiritual equivalent of eating all our vegetables. We believe in Jesus, who cancelled out every sin and failure through his death on the cross.

We believe in Jesus, who lived a perfect life to give it to us. In him, there’s no more counting good or weighing bad. We can rest, because we’re loved.

And I’m free to see the double-decker-stir-fry lie for what it is.