God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. God has done the work. We respond. It is very simple but we often trivialize it. If your relationship with God is based on works, then it is not the relationship God intended for His children.
As I said before, you cannot earn your way into heaven. Today’s passage speaks of getting in step with God. How do we do this? “By letting Him set the pace.” We cannot run the parade but so often we try. Notice the verse says “anxiously trying.” We only try and then fail because we never were in control and we will never be in control.
Letting Him set the pace is difficult. Being a responder is a challenge. It means we must humbly obey. It means we must wait patiently. It means we must walk in faith. Like Abraham who believed God, so must we. Like Moses who walked in the Wilderness for years, so must we follow the path set forth for us. I pray that if you haven’t already done so, that you get your life in step with God. Let Him set the pace for the parade.
“So where does that leave our proud Jewish insider claims and counterclaims? Canceled? Yes, canceled. What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.” – Romans 3:27-28 [MSG]