Jesus report card

Since school has now started back…it got me thinking about new routines, tests, and report cards. It has been a long time since I received my last report card. If I remember right, I think I skipped my last final in college because the grade I had going into the final would allow me to graduate with a zero on the test; therefore, my last semester report card resembled my first semester report card. Neither one made my parents very proud. Apparently I chose to receive most of  my college education as efficiently as possible (without the bother of going to class).

 

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Maybe that is why when I ran across this (see photo) a few months ago, it really flew all over me? Does Jesus grade us with a report card? Why is preaching 20% and Bible 10% Do we get 20% for just being present with a 10% kicker for being on time? Isn’t 10% on the offering kind of a double bonus? Do we get to fill it in…or does HE fill it in? I grew up filling these out each Sunday morning before church. I didn’t care much for it then and I don’t think I am very comfortable at all with it now.

As a child I think it was the guilt that I experienced each Sunday in not living up to God’s requirements or…the church’s requirements? As an adult I am mystified how we as Christians take good disciplines and pervert them into legalities in order to measure ourselves.

What do you think? Give me your thoughts in the comment section below…

About Eddie Broussard

Bond servant to Jesus the Christ, want to be harvest worker (only a few out there).
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  • ronadams

    I don't think Christ grades us this way, or at least I hope not. One way I heard it put was, “as long as when God looks down, He sees Jesus in my heart, I'm alright.” I like this.

  • deafjeffdaref

    Consider the source: “Broadman.”

  • David Workman

    Wow! It's a good thing God doesn't grade us like this or we'd all go to Hell. Nothing like preaching grace on one hand and then expecting people to earn their own salvation on the other. Yeesh! I'd never win!

  • dodddrake

    It personally makes me sick on my stomach for many reasons. I agree that spiritual disciplines are the means that our Abba uses to draw us to Himself and change us, but the focus is not to be the “disciplines” but the PERSON of Jesus Christ, falling in love with Him, and clinging to His Spirit in us to transform us as we follow Him.
    I do think He will hold us accountable for how we lived, which makes me nervous because I blow it all the time. But I think the main criteria will not be much of what we as humans think it will be.

  • tammyyount

    I think we definitely need a “measuring stick” as to which we should compare ourselves in this world……….but that “measuring stick” is Jesus and the instructions He gives in His Word………..not demands/requirements put forth by an organization. His Word gives clear instruction as to what He expects in the way of faithfulness to our church, being in His Word and giving a tithe and offering. After all we are in His PRESENCE 100% of the time…whether we like it or not!

  • weshege

    Eddie, Tammy Yount shared this website with me this afternoon and I praise the Lord for your comments and testimony. Romans 12:1-2 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is; His good, pleasing and perfect will.” The key is our transformation in body, soul and heart. Salvation is an event; holiness is a process. “Many are called yet few are chosen.” We will all face Jesus and have to give an account of our lives and be accountable to Him for our faithfulness to His call on our lives. The Bible teaches that God holds three thing as holy: His name, the Sabbath day and the tithe. If we live each day to strive to honor His name, to seek His heart and to simply be obedient, our lives will be truly transformed, as we strive to please Him. Obedience preceeds blessings! I look forward to your future postings. God bless you.

  • ebroussard

    Thanks David…I'd never win either.

  • ebroussard

    Thanks for commenting Ron…praying for Jen.

  • ebroussard

    Amen…thats why I change my tag line to “saved by FAITH FOR WORKS”

  • ebroussard

    “measuring stick” is Jesus…!!

  • ebroussard

    Wes, thanks and God bless you too.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Thanks David…I'd never win either.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Thanks for commenting Ron…praying for Jen.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Amen…thats why I change my tag line to “saved by FAITH FOR WORKS”

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    “measuring stick” is Jesus…!!

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Wes, thanks and God bless you too.

  • Paul Holderman

    I fail.
    Jesus efforts will have to take my place and grades.

  • Paul Holderman

    Immediately I was reminded of the future conversation at Christ’s judgement where people would come and say, ” Didn’t we do this and do that in your name?!, Didn’t we heal and perform miracles? (Didn’t we go to church and tithe?)
    What we Jesus criteria? He didn’t “know” them and they didn’t “know” Him either.
    “Sorry I do not KNOW you”