1 People merely regard the attainment of grace and the enjoyment of peace as symbols of faith, and see the seeking of blessings as the basis for their belief in God. Very few people seek to know God or seek a change in their disposition. In their faith, people seek to make God give them a suitable destination and all the grace they need, to make Him their servant, to have Him maintain a peaceful, friendly relationship with them so that, no matter when, there would never be any conflict between them. That is, their belief in God demands that He promise to meet all their requirements and to bestow upon them whatever they pray for. They expect God not to judge or deal with anyone, for He has always been the merciful Savior Jesus who keeps a good relationship with people at all times and in all places.
2 This is how people believe in God: They just shamelessly make demands of God, and He should just grant everything to them blindly, whether they are rebellious or obedient. They just continually “collect debts” from God, and He must repay them without any resistance—and pay double—whether God has gotten anything from them or not. God can only be manipulated by them, and He cannot arbitrarily orchestrate people, much less reveal to people His wisdom and righteous disposition, which have been hidden for many years, whenever He wants and without their permission. They just confess their sins to God, and God will just absolve them, and He cannot get sick of doing so, and this will go on forever. They just order God about and He just obey. Have you not always believed in this way?
Adapted from “You Should Put Aside the Blessings of Status and Understand God’s Will to Bring Salvation to Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh