The Lord says:“These people come near to me with their mouthand honor me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me.”Isaiah 29:13 NIV
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”1 Peter 4:10 NIV
““Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.””
Luke 10:41 NIV
Being overwhelmed isn’t an emotion I like to have. There are always too many things to do and not enough time to do them.
The amazing thing about grace is that it immediately lifts the burden of “everything that should be done” and replaces it with the “one thing that needs to be done “.
What is that “one thing”?
It is sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Drop your to-do list, close your eyes and take some time to sit with Him. Being with Jesus does wonderful things to your priorities- it lines them right up.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me.
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
Someone is relying on you to help them.
“But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.” (1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 MSG)
You live well when you give well.
Begin with love. No one said loving would be easy or wouldn’t come at a great cost. It cost Jesus a lot and you are worth every drop he shed.
Sometimes the ones that are the hardest to love are the ones that need it the most.