“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

The world values merit.

We work for income. We work for promotions. We work for status.

Our jobs operate under the notion of earning.

According to Oxford Languages, earn is defined as a means to gain deservedly in return for one’s behavior or achievements.


I have been contemplating this concept of earning our statuses and income as it relates to work. I feel like I am constantly proving myself to companies to show my value and worth.

Earning is based on what we seemingly deserve.

The problem with this is, as humans, we inevitably fall short. We are imperfect, and merit does not measure the heart, our intent, or our imperfections. Merit is data driven.

Earn is in direct contrast to the term gift.

According to Oxford Languages, a gift is defined as a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present.