Living Fully Satisfied

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“If we’re not careful, we can give people the impression that Christianity is first and foremost about the sacrifice we make for Jesus rather than the sacrifice Jesus made for us; our performance for him rather than his performance for us; our obedience for him rather than his obedience for us. The hub of Christianity is not ‘do something for Jesus’ the hub of Christianity is ‘Jesus has done everything for you.’ And my fear is that too many people, both inside and outside the church, have heard our pleas for intensified devotion and concluded that the focus of Christian faith is our love for God instead of God’s love for us. Don’t get me wrong — what we do is important. But it is infinitely less important that what Jesus has done for us”

– Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love

So, how many of us started on the treadmill of “doing something for God” right after salvation? I’ll raise my hand. Both of them in fact.

I got caught up in the nobility of doing something for God and the obligation of doing something for Him since He did so much for me.

Now, is that wrong? Initially, I would say no. But if your entire relationship with God is doing things for Him, I would suggest checking your motives. Because if you don’t you’ll get a bad case of “burnout.” Start by asking and answering these questions.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

How did you do? Only after these questions are answered, even if you don’t like the answer, you can begin to move forward. Let’s start to answer these questions from God’s perspective.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Jesus understood in His day that people are workers based on merit and it continues until today. His answer? Rest. His method? His yoke. Wait, a yoke. Yokes are for work, right? Matthew shares with us this gem.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matt. 11:28-30 MSG

Ok, but that’s still a yoke. A comfortable yoke, but still. So what makes this one lighter? Christ. He makes all the difference.  Re-read the verse above. Rest in Christ’s words.

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Do you look at service to God and for Him in a way to cause you fear of being cast out if you stopped?  I get it. I’ve been there. But read what Jesus said in John.

“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.”

John 6:37 MSG

See! He is the one holding onto you! Let go. He has you. He will not reject you for He cannot reject Himself.

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

Servant mindset

Not worthy.

Not good enough.

I’ve been there, too. Then one day, while reading through the gospels again, BOOM, there is was. Jesus, full of grace and truth, said a statement that set me free.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jon 15:15 MSG

He included us in what He’s doing! We’re in! Don’t believe me? Read this.

He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Ephesians 2:6 MSG

It’s ok. Most all of us have been there. And the good news is that Jesus knew we would be there so He went ahead and told all this beforehand. So that once we got tired and fell of the treadmill of merit we would fall right into His arms. Nothing you do for God will be good enough or bigger than what He did for you through Jesus. That’s good news!

So, go ahead and push “STOP” on your treadmill.

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  1. julianne

    Thank You for this. You have no idea how much I needed this today. And to see those scriptures in the message translation just opened my eyes. All I ever see is how much my life is not completely submitted yet and u constantly feel like I can’t have intimacy with God until I get everything fixed. I don’t remember the last time I felt like God was pleased with me. Thank you.

  2. I so needed to hear this as well. Seems I’m constantly looking for what to do next to serve God and He keeps telling me to rest. Abide I believe is the word, right? Thanks for this reminder.

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