Sometimes I feel like we get so wrapped up in doing things for God that we forget our relationship with Him is the ultimate thing. Serving God is awesome, but we can’t forget the love God has for us and the relationship He desires we have with Him. We let our pride and stress tell us that we need to work harder; our worry that we’re not “good enough” forces us to prove that we are.
But the truth is, we can’t prove that we’re good enough. We weren’t good enough. That’s why Jesus had to step in. And because of the cross and His resurrection, God sees us as being enough.
While I’m sure many pastors love their jobs, they aren’t necessarily immune from the stress and pressure of their calling. Anytime the well-being of multiple people is present, a one-size-fits-all approach is not going to work, making the challenge of leading and serving a variety of personalities difficult. We can’t always make a pastor’s workload lighter, but we can show them they are appreciated and valued.
Most of my life, I felt constant pressure to fit into a specific mold of what a true Christian woman was. We all know what she looks like: bakes goodies, has an obsession with fancy table settings, and likes to host themed brunches with mini muffins. She is always super sweet and hugs people all the time.
Bro. That is not me. Not even a little bit.
In this season of my life, I’m learning about engagement.
The more I rest in this season, the more I learn to be still in the presence of my God, the more I’m realizing that He’s not concerned with the outside appearance or the outside successes. He calls each of us to a different life. He creates each of us with different strengths, different weaknesses, different gifts, and different passions.
This is it. This is what we’ve been born for: To proclaim the majesty and the marvelous, sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. We don’t need to know all the answers. We don’t need to be able to argue the finer points of theology. We just need to share Jesus.
We may be part of the family of God, saved by His grace, but we’re still imperfect little sinners. We still have imperfect little minds, and we’re all trying to understand Scripture the best we can with what we have. It is what it is. But at the end of the day, when you boil it all down, we have the same family resemblance binding us together: The love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Theology is important. Knowing Scripture is important. Going to church is important. But that’s not how people will know the love of Christ.
They will know the love of Christ simply by how we love one another.
I don’t need to be perfect. I don’t need to earn God’s favor. That was already done for me when Christ died on the cross.
What I do need to do focus on the One I am set apart for and live in a way that honors who He is and what He stands for.
I don’t know what struggles you are facing today. I don’t know what doubts are fighting over truth in your mind. But whatever challenges you are fighting through, I want you to know that the things of this world will pass away, but the future Christ promises will never be destroyed. I know that’s hard to hold on to, especially when you feel like the night will never end, but an all-powerful God has His ever-loving arms around you and promises to keep you until you’ve passed through every fiery trial.