But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. Romans 4: 5

 

Some days are just hard working ones; these are times when life demands so much effort that the soul often feels exhausted from it all, and every once of creativity and the longing to achieve personal goals are wrung out so completely that collapse into stupor is the highest point of the day. This is a difficult reality to live in when this is a description of our work life; it is a tragedy when this is the best that we can say about our spiritual life.

Paul knew from first hand experience that hard work and diligence weren’t enough when it comes to honoring God and to living a life that is itself an expression of worship. The Lord wants us to stop sweating and straining in an attempt to win the world for Christ, and He tells us that we are never going to earn His favor by the intensity of our efforts; rather, God wants us to trust Him and to allow His hands the opportunity to work in our lives; then, He will perform the same work in others by using us as willing operatives.

When I stop putting out all of the effort, my strength is increased; when I stop owning the outcome, my joy is multiplied. Christ wants us to be willing vessels that will carry the oil of salvation to a dry and needy world; then, we, too, can enjoy the deep rest that only the righteous can achieve.

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