When I was a young child in school, I struggled. While some subjects came very easy – others required more attention. Then I discovered the power of “extra credit.” When teachers would allow me – I would do something extra or turn in an additional assignment to show them I was trying. Often the extra credit payed off and would be reflected in my grades. Some believers are like that in their spiritual walk with Christ.
Rather than follow God’s simple requirements to pray and read the Bible daily, go to church, and love their family, they like the “extra credit” sacrifice. I’ve known Christians who will take a mission trip to the farthest corner of the world, but neglect their own children. We like “extra credit” because it gets noticed by those around us. But the most powerful people in the kingdom of God are not those who do sensational acts to get in the spotlight, but those who are consistent in their walk of faith. God wants our daily obedience.
According to Scripture, we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). We need to seek and obey God every day. He has given each one of us an assignment and if we are willing to obey Him daily, we can fulfill that assignment.
When you start obeying God, you will see His power released in your own life. Maybe your marriage needs healing, your family, your body, your future. If you have sinned, quit trying to earn “extra credit” with God and go back to the simplicity of repentance.