“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:25,28).

Performance based religion concerns itself with “doing.” It’s a preoccupation of doing enough good things and not doing enough bad things that it leaves you feeling good about yourself; maybe, even, a bit entitled and deserving of God’s favor. The motivation for this type of religion is an image of God driven by fear; that he is the divine police officer waiting for you to mess up so he can make your life miserable. The life of faith, however, is driven by love; a love that has no fear (1 John 4:18). Those who live their faith and serve out of love will far exceed the achievements and kingdom contributions of those living with the paralyzing fear of messing up.

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