Don't Earn Your Living

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 4:1-8

Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. (v. 4)

I love my work. I get paid to read books. Each week I receive a paycheck for the work I have done; many of you experience the same routine.

Have you ever sincerely thanked your boss when the Friday paychecks were handed out? Probably not. After all, our wages are owed to us for the work we have done. Through our work we have enabled the organization we work for to meet its stated goals and keep its reputation.

My income provides for my daily living needs. But I must always remember that true and abundant life is not something I earn through my daily work. It comes only from a personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ (see John 10:10). That sort of living I can only receive as a gift.

As Paul reads the Old Testament, he notes how Abraham received true life only through faith in God’s promises, and he asserts that faith in God’s promised Son is the only way we can receive true life. That life we cannot earn! We must receive it as a gift. And, like any gift, it must never be taken for granted.


Thank you, dear God, for the living gift you have given to me—the forgiveness of my sins through your Son Jesus. Amen.