We have a culture of performance based lives and that mind set has crept into the church to create a performance based faith. Our faith should rest on the finished work of Christ and not our religious performance. Our faith is based upon a relationship that has been reconciled through the death of Jesus Christ and the blood He shed for our redemption.
We are to be doers of the word and not merely hearers who delude themselves, but if our doing is a matter of a performance based faith, we have denied true faith and fallen from grace. We’ve not lost our salvation, but we have stepped out from under God’s umbrella of sufficient grace. All the performance in the world will not bring us the desired results we seek if we strive in performing for our acceptance.
Performance based faith and a love relationship cannot coexist. There is no relationship that can withstand the expectations that are placed within the guidelines of performance. We will always be left wondering if we’ve done enough or if what we have done is good enough. With the questions and doubts of our acceptance hanging over our head the heart lacks the freedom to receive real love much less give it away.
If you are part of a church that is dominated by performance based faith; unity will never be achieved, true fellowship (koinonia) will only be superficial and the presence and glory of God will become a cliché.
Symptoms of performance based faith can be seen within a church by the increasing and repetitious set of programs that are focused upon certain desired results, but lack the evidence of deepening relationships. When we resort to performance to justify our reverential worship, we’ve exchanged the glory of God for the image and glory of man’s own making and God will give us over to our mundane performance based faith. 2 Chron 7:14 “and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways (turn from their performance based faith), then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Gal 2:20-21 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. 21 “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” The life that we now live we live by faith, a faith that is not based upon performance, but by His grace. Our righteousness doesn’t come by performing the Law, but by the perfect performance based faith of Jesus Christ who completed the work of righteousness on the cross. Rom 8:3-4 “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Performance based faith was nailed to the cross; why would you want to take it down and live in bondage again?!