Monday, July 20, 2009

Working and Resting

Sometimes I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. Striving and working and doing way more than I should. Life’s obligations can come crashing down on me all at the same time, leaving me overwhelmed and exhausted.

Surprisingly, this makes me think of God’s grace, his grace that is available to me regardless of how I strive and strain. God’s grace, his unmerited favor and love, is not dependant on what I do. Good works won’t earn God’s grace, ever. It is all about faith and his great love.

Through faith, and faith alone, I will receive God’s mercy and grace. In that I can find rest. I can relax, knowing that I do not have to work to earn my salvation. I’m pretty sure God is way more concerned about me being with him and loving those who don’t know him, than about a whole pile of good deeds. Jesus himself tells us this in the book of Matthew.

I think most of us strive a bit too much and in that forget to be. Forget to be a child of God, forget to sit at his feet, forget to walk in simple faith like a child does.

Good works are good, but they are never a means to salvation, or a replacement for faith. Only faith, and belief in God’s great gift of life through Jesus and his death and resurrection , can accomplish the work of salvation in me.

When I’m overtaxed and overwhelmed I find doing the opposite of what I want to do brings rest. When my list is long and my heart is burdened with work, sitting at Jesus’ feet places everything in the right perspective. There I can relax in his grace and his love.

Jesus asks us to come to him.

I'm coming today, with no other motivation but to be near him and hear his heartbeat. I know I'll come away refreshed and ready to tackle all the day brings.

1 comment:

  1. oh, i need some rest-thanks for the reminder of where to get it!

    i quoted & linked you in a post today-loved the post on slowing down! thanks!

    oh, and that John Eldridge post is great!


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