…because we weren’t made to perform for God. We aren’t wired for performance at all.
We’re made to enjoy God. To worship Him. To love Him.
To walk leisurely with Him in the garden in the cool of evening.
And yet, we find ourselves so often running hard in the opposite direction.
Instead of enjoying God’s love, we easily fall into the trap of earning God’s love.
Or doing the right thing…performing…to show Him how much we love Him.
Or to show Him…how good we are.
We keep trying, but…
…we mess up…
…we won’t ever live up to our own standards…
…or to the imagined standards we think God holds us to.
And then, we feel…guilty.
Because we just…can’t…do it.
Because…how can you live up to standards that don’t really exist, anyway?
Let’s not be deceived, dear hearts.
There’s only one standard God holds us to.
My heart breathes and exhales and I close my eyes, and…Jesus.
What we could not do…what we cannot do…He did for us once and for all…
…for every day…of our whole lives…we can’t mess up what He has done…
…and Jesus has freed us from a life of failed performance and delivered us into a life of God With Us.
Since Jesus so freely gifted us with communion with God, who are we not to take it?
I’ve written a few words to help myself meander back into that garden place with God.
I have these words written on an index card to take with me anywhere and remind myself of my right standing before God, and I pray these words might help you find your way back to that garden place, too.
I will not feel guilty today. I am already perfect in God’s eyes. (2 Cor 5:21, Psalm 139:14) God leads with powerful love – not with guilt. I have nothing to fear, because God’s perfect love casts out all fear.(1 John 4:18) I will enjoy today as a gift from God, not as a maze I have to figure out. (1 Thes 5:18) God’s goodness and mercy follow me wherever I go (psalm 23:6), and I walk through this day under the banner of God’s perfect love & with the shield of faith, believing God’s Word. (Eph 6:16-17, Psalm 136, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 103: 4,8,17, Romans 5:8, John 3:16, John 15:13)
Blessings to you, and may you enjoy Him & rest in His abundant love for you today!