It is so easy to find myself as a Christian falling into a mindset that I need to do so much to prove myself to God and others. It’s easy to feel like I always need to do more out of some great obligation to save the world. It is really easy to get overwhelmed and to try to impress everyone with how “good” I am. A lifestyle of performance and sacrifice can be one that is destructive and draining. I believe that a life of obligation and religion is far from what God intends for us.
When the prodigal son returns to his father he immediately gets the fathers ring, robe and sandals. These things represent how the father loves, accepts and can see a destiny for his son. Our Heavenly Father does the same for us and at times we forget that. We need to work from a place that already realizes that we are accepted and loved. When we realize this and abide in God’s love we are empowered to work from a place of passion.
Religions all over the world are created by man so that our human race can try and gain the acceptance and approval of some higher power. The amazing good news that comes from a relationship Christ is that we don’t have to earn anything. The price was paid and we now have God’s complete love and total acceptance. When we realize that we then want to show God our appreciation and adoration by showing His great love to those that are around us. This is the entire purpose behind our service to humanity as Christians. It’s not a bunch of acts that we are supposed to do in an attempt to convert or control. We are to overflow Gods amazing love into the world that hunger and craves for a real encounter with the living God. Our action should always be inspired by a passionate love and be done from a place of rest in him.
God desires that we live a life that is totally secure in who we are and how loved we are. He wants us to have a life full of passion and contagious destiny. The life that he offers is not one that will burden and drain us but it is one that will invigorate and inspire us to always love more.