Most Christians initially feel a burden to work for Jesus in order to please Him. Even with all good intentions we can eventually grow weary in well doing because the effort is done in the flesh. This uncertainty about what we are to do can inadvertently open the door to the enemy’s interferences.
I recently had a Rhema moment when listening to a message on Ephesians. In The Passion Translation (TPT) Ephesians 2:1: 2 And his fullness fills you, even though you were once like corpses,[a]dead in your sins and offenses.
The writer speaks about us not only redeemed by Christ but we are united in and with Christ and raised up with Him seated in heaven spiritually “into the glorious perfection and authority” co-heirs with Christ!
But what does this really mean for me?
Eph 2:10- 10 We have become his poetry,[f] a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destinyand the good works[g] we would do to fulfill it! We are His tapestry…..each fiber intertwinned with another; one as important as the other.
What a relief to know that what God wants from me He already planned and put in me and I’m equipped with all the tools, gifts and abilities needed to what I’m called to do.
But this is where it gets tough sometimes. Asking someone for forgiveness even when they might not reciprocate the apology. Biting our tongue when we feel justified in responding in anger. It’s giving up our right to revenge when we or someone we love has been wronged. It’s dying to self moment by moment so others see Jesus in us. What He asks of us He will enable us…
Matthew 11:29-30 New Living Translation (NLT)
29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”