Children have chores so they can earn special opportunities or money. Teenagers have to earn trust before they can borrow the keys to the car. College students have to study to earn the grades they need for scholarships. And on and on.
Earning rewards is good.
Our lives are focused on working hard to earn great and desirable things. A hearty work ethic is a wonderful principle that is found both in temporal and spiritual things. We work to earn money. We read the scriptures daily to earn the memory to recall them.
So, I guess I can’t be too hard on myself whenever I realize (yet again) that I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that I have to work to earn God’s love.
It’s beyond my comprehension that from the moment I wake up in the morning I’ve already “earned” God’s love. I haven’t said a single prayer, baked a single load of bread for my neighbor, or even shown love to my family. I haven’t done anything. I just am – and I’m loved. Whether I wear my hair in curls or straight, listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or Imagine Dragons, eat sugary cereal or steel cut oatmeal – He loves me.
Now, I can disappoint Him (and I know I do sometimes). And I can distance myself from Him through my thoughts or actions. But that’s the exception, not the rule.
Let’s consider gravity.
Just as the state of Earth’s gravity is naturally in the “on” position, God’s love for me is naturally in the “on” position – no negotiating, begging, or bribing required.
Jesus Christ taught,
We are told to continue in Christ’s love are promised that we’ll be able to feel (or abide in) that love when we keep his commandments.
A little reminder to us all: just as we don’t have to earn gravity, we don’t have to earn God’s love. We are His sons and His daughters. We always have been and we always will be.
A reminder from the prophet: