The man shuts his eyes to pray. He thanks God for the many opportunities to serve. For all the holes he’s been able to fill, all the mouths he’s been able to feed and the bumps he’s been able to smooth. He thanks God for giving him the ability to keep his life right. He knows he wouldn’t be able to do it alone. ‘Give credit where credit is due.’ He prays for provision in the mission where the mission is lacking. He prays for his fellow workers and for his enemies. He has assurance of his salvation and knows who he represents. Everything he does, he does for God. In all of his accomplishments, he gives credit to God.
God sits and watches as this caveman beats his chest and raises his stick. He flexes his muscles and sacrifices his best. He dances around the aromatic smoke and works up a sweat fanning it over to God.
God already gave the sacrifice, but for some reason, the man still wants to contribute. The only problem is, everything the man does pales in comparison to what God accomplished. The man is so busy trying to please God that he’s not even in touch with who God is or what he did.
God sits and watches the little boy tuck in his shirt and wash the dirt off his hands. He sees the little boy comb his hair over from a perfect part and tie his shoes. He waits as the little boy sings songs and keeps his eyes shut during prayer.
God sees the little boy and recognizes his effort, but he doesn’t get to watch him run. He doesn’t get to nurture him when he falls down. The boy will never fully understand who God is because he tries so hard to not need him. If the little boy never abandons fear of failure, he’ll never feel safe enough to run. If he never tries to run, he’ll never find out he was made to fly.
God watches us put in contributions to our salvation and purpose. He tells us to not worry about ourselves, but we still find ways to worry about ourselves. We’re missing out on who God is. God, the indweller and encompassor, is shut out by our moral recital.
The man who continues to live by achievement in the Law with high-minded sweat in light of the Truth is the same freed slave who went back to his old master, the Law, because of the discomfort of freedom.
If the Law were not important, it would not have had to be paid off. However, when you behave as though the sacrifice was not enough, what does that say to the Father?
God sacrificed his son so you wouldn’t have to be a slave to the law anymore. He gave because he wants to free you up to know who he is. Every time we try to earn our keep, we contradict the handout. Really knowing God produces change. Changing ourselves does not bring forth a knowledge of God.
Don’t be afraid, keep your faith simple.
Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child,will rank high in God’s kingdom. -Matthew 18:3
If your simple faith and disregard for your ‘self’ sends you running off in the wrong direction, he’ll come and get you.
If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers. -Matthew 18:13-14
God set you free so that you can run without the fear of falling. You can stop worrying about getting it right and stop being afraid of getting it wrong. You can trust him. He’s got you covered.
Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. -1 Peter 5:6