Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Hurry. Do more. Do . Keep doing. Be productive. Run. You aren’t doing enough. Potential failure. Rest is waste. Emotional breathing irresponsible. Again, hurry! Do. Do. After all, you have to please God! Do. Do. Do.
My son is a little over 7 weeks old today. I believe with all my heart in the power and authority I have in my son’s life. I am declaring my heart, God’s heart, God’s Word, God’s promises, etc. One of the things I have found myself continually whispering to him is, “I love you. You are my son. I am proud that you are my son.. You do not have to do anything for me to be proud of you. I already am.”
Does not the following thought seem a little silly: If I do not do enough, if I do not perform good enough (in terms of quality or quantity), if I do not go faster and do more for God, then I fail. In the last 7 weeks, not once have I looked at Ezra and thought, “I can’t wait till he gets older so that he can mow my yard, clean this house, cook my meals, etc.” Now, I will definitely require certain things of him. That is what it means to be part of a family. Paul wrote, “For each one shall bear his own load” (Galatians 6:5). But, not for a minute is thereason for my son’s existence. Far from it. Matter of fact, if he in a few years starting believing that the main reason my wife and I brought him into this world was to help us doing things, this would absolutely crush my heart. Absolutely not! First and foremost, he is here for me to give my love to. I want him to know I love him, care for him, dream great things for him, and will sacrifice anything for his good. And in the end, I hope all of that brings him closer to me. I want intimacy. I want closeness. I want partnership. I want him to stay away from evil because it will destroy him. My goal is for my son to NEVER experience one moment in his entire life that he would doubt my heart toward him.
This being said, do you live like this as a Christian?
This morning, I read the April 21st devotion in Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost For His Highest. This is what I came across: “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:1,27). Am I then hurting Jesus by allowing my heart to be troubled? . If I believe in Jesus and His attributes, am I living up to my belief? Am I allowing anything to disturb my heart, or am I allowing any questions to come in which are unsound or unbalanced? I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.”
No wonder the ministry of Jesus was and is so powerful. He had nothing to earn and nothing to prove. He had already received everything he needed from Daddy. Don’t you remember? Right BEFORE his ministry began, God the Father spoke, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 NIV).
Just like my son Ezra, if you will simply be God’s kid today, your inner task master’s voice will grow quieter and quieter and quieter. Paul wrote, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16). In other words, when your spirit was married to God’s Spirit at salvation (1 Corinthians 6:17), he entered you. Now, his central role is to spend all day and all night singing into your spirit the following words: “You are God’s son/daughter. You are God’s son/daughter. You are God’s son/daughter. Just be.”
If you and I will do this, it will result in MORE doing and MORE fruit for Christ than we will ever have produced as people who primarily see ourselves as God’s slaves.
It’s easy to please God.