The day is over. Once again you have striven to honor and please God. The result? You failing miserably and in a greater state of guilt and depression. In desperation you arise the next day and do the whole routine over again, with the same result: failure.
Your motive and desire is right, in fact, it’s godly. But your attempt is missing something. You think that the only way to please God is to do something for Him, whether it be in the ministry, with your life, projects, etc. In the back of your mind work is what satisfies Him. Why not? Honoring God with all your life is what were commanded to do, right? Yes, that’s wholly true.
Even so, may I point out that this mentality is the very cause of your anguish? The reason why you are downtrodden with guilt is because your work is incomplete. You will never find joy in your performance, since you know with a whole heart that it’s futile. Yet you keep trying. The more you attempt to please, the more you feel that God is unsatisfied!
How absurd is this! God doesn’t love you based on some pitiful attempt to do good. He knows very well that human works are in vain, always based in carnality. Scripture even says no one does good. (Psalms 14:3) So what makes you think you can?
Thankfully we are not saved by works. Thankfully salvation doesn’t come from some excellent performance in the ministry, or in how many glorifying things we do for God. Instead, it comes from the work of Christ on the cross. God looks at the work of Christ in you, not your work, but His.
Take a look at this,
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matt 11: 28-30
If you live life based on the mindset that you must do things for God, then just stop, and gaze at this text. It’s beautiful. Jesus knows you’re heavy laden, he knows you labor. But he doesn’t tell you to keep working. He says, “come.” Why? Because He will give you “rest”.
“I will give you rest.”
No longer do you have to carry the burden of works, for He calls you to take that off. He is calling for you, rugged and weary Christian, to take on His yoke, a yoke not of works but of discipleship. No longer do you have to vigorously follow after the law, instead, shift your focus onto Christ and His work, love Him; stop striving and learn. That’s what discipleship is about. His yoke is indeed easy, His burden is light, so what are you doing in the dirt?
Come and find rest for your soul.