Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God, who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. Blessed are they whose offenses have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sins the Lord will never count against him. (Romans 4:4-8)
We work hard for our paychecks. A paycheck is definitely not a gift. A gift is something that is not earned. God doesn’t want us to be tired and miserable; He wants to be our refuge and the main source of our joy. He doesn’t allow us to earn his gifts of salvation, His power, and righteousness. Jesus tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed that nothing will be impossible for us. (See Matthew 17:20.) He also implies in Luke 17:6 that if we have that same small amount of faith that we can be leaders and that people will listen to us and walk with us as we follow Jesus. Faith as small as a mustard seed must be the kind of faith that Abraham had when he was afraid of two different kings killing him. He got nervous and told those kings that Sarah was his sister, so they slept with her. Like Abraham, sometimes we only have mustard seed faith. Yet, God still justifies us when we do wicked things, just as he justified Abraham. We are definitely blessed that God has forgiven our offenses, has covered our sins, and that God will never count our sins against us. God sees us as being righteous. God’s gifts are given in love and we must reach out in faith and accept them.