When I was in college, I took a psychology class where we studied Pavlov’s dogs. These dogs were quickly trained/conditioned that when a bell rang they would be fed. They were quick learners at cause and effect.
Many of us have been conditioned to believe that if we manage to stack a resumé of good deeds together, we will experience the favor of God. It really makes good sense. However, Paul warns us in Phililppians 3 against putting our confidence in the flesh.
He puts into perspective the contrast of a mechanical religion versus an intimate relationship.
Lesson 6 will challenge us to view our self-righteous acts as the puny achievements they are and turn our pursuits toward God.