Trying to Earn God’s Love

A constant theme in my monthly meetings with my spiritual director is God’s love for me. I’m thankful God loves me, but sometimes I wonder why.

If you are like me, you are an action-oriented leader. You have a task list and you want to get things done in your ministry. You want to serve your church and people. Your motives are good.

Sometimes, I have to examine my motives. Why do I do what I do? Well, there’s no doubt that I love it and I am passionate about my ministry with church leaders. Why else do I do what I do?

I have to admit that the thought that sometimes creeps into my mind is that I do this to earn God’s love.

The crazy thing is that there is nothing I can do to earn God’s love. My spiritual director reminds me of this all the time. God loves me unconditionally, whether I’ve done a good thing in my life or not.

I’m not at all suggesting that you and I should stop doing good things. I’m just challenging myself to recognize that God’s love is so much greater than me or the things I accomplish in my life.

How do I know this?

As the father of a young daughter, there is one thing I know: I love her to death! Why? She hasn’t done a thing to earn that love. She eats, cries, poos, whines, smiles, walks, talks, and plays. The moment she was born, I loved her…unconditionally.

She did nothing to earn my love, except one thing: exist.

You exist. That is the only reason God needs to love you.

May I be reminded of this every day as I work towards serving others in my ministry.

Question: Do you ever feel that you have to earn God’s love? Why?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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