I don’t know about you, but I get tired. Not just the need-a-nap kind of tired, but more like: I would-like-to-disappear-and-never-come-back kind. Though life gets busy and hectic, God’s grace should be more than enough to sustain me. After all he appointed the tasks I try to accomplish. Why then do I find myself in a place of discontentment, stress, and worry? Why do I live as if I have something to prove.
I believe this comes out of a place of striving instead of striding. In our world today, we have so many self-inflicted regulations and standards to meet. I personally find myself striving to be prettier, smarter, and more successful than anyone else. I even try to prove to others that I am “Christian” enough.
And I have done this for years because it’s what I honestly thought I was supposed to do.
In high school, I was a good athlete, yet never the best athlete, therefore I didn’t receive a college scholarship to continue playing. I got good grades, but not the best grades, so I was not the valedictorian. I was popular and pretty, but not the most popular and not the prettiest, so I was not homecoming queen.
From a very young age, we are taught that good performance equals success.
God’s measuring stick is not the same as ours. Trying to comprehend God and his marvelous love for me, is hard. I know I don’t meet every standard the world sets. I am aware that I disappoint people inadvertently. So, it’s wired innately in me to think that I would disappoint God as well.
Looking at Hebrews 4 helps remind me to stop striving so hard to prove myself to God. He loves me, and he loves you, whether you impress yourself or not.
God offers rest, Hebrews 4:10 says:
for all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after Creating the world.
God worked for 6 days and then he sat back and said that it was good. Hebrews doesn’t say, “come to me for rest after you have made something of yourself, come to me after you are worthy enough to be seen by me, or come when you are perfect.” We are simply to love Him and love others and follow His commandments.
We are to:
come [BOLDLY] to the throne of our gracious God, and there we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16
In this next week, I encourage you, take some time to enjoy God. You don’t have to prove yourself worthy of Him, in fact, none of us could or there would be no need to his grace. Go and take what is freely yours already. Enjoy your rest.
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