I’m sporadic about my Fitbit. I wear it but don’t care if I reach that arbitrary 10,000 steps to earn the “Sneakers” badge. Sometimes I forget to wear it. (Is there an “Are you sure you’re alive?” badge?)
My husband, on the other hand, is faithful and diligent. He gets his 10,000 steps each day—even if he has to pace inside our house. He’s earned the “Great Wall of China” badge.
My faith life (and I’m guessing yours too) often resembles these extremes. Sometimes we grab our phones instead of our Bibles. We complain about blessings and grumble about opportunities to grow. We intentionally look the other way when given opportunities to serve. We expect to get an “Are you sure you’re even a Christian?” badge.
On other days, we’re faithful and diligent. We read our Bibles, pray, look for the good works God prepared for us to do, thank him for blessings, and see how he works through challenges. We might expect the “Great Christian” badge.
God sees it differently because he’s not looking at what you do; he’s looking at what Jesus has done for you. Jesus paid for the times you’re sporadic, and he gives you all the credit for the 100 percent of the time he was faithful and diligent. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1,2).
Thanks to Jesus, we get the “Peace with God” badge. That’s the only badge that matters.