Do You Ever Worry About Letting God Down?
As I sat down to study Revelation 3 this morning (currently going through the Book of Revelation Study Guide by Mike Bickle), my heart was feeling a little funky. God’s spoken to me about this before but sometimes I can still fall into that trap of wanting to please him / never disappoint him and put this weird pressure on myself. And then as I was reading verses 2 and 3, I started to worry.
“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” (NKJV)
A very sobering warning to the church of Sardis* … but how could my works ever be perfect before God either?
So I felt the song “Lord, I Need You” come on my heart and stopped to pray and worship for a bit. Recently I’ve felt God tell me that my relationship with him with look different than last year. To rest assured that we’ll still go deeper but not to hold on to ‘tried and true’ methods of what worked last year … to not put boundaries on what he can do. Last year (and for most of my life), when I hear from God it’s either through a still, small voice or through images (in addition to through the Word, reminders etc.) But today I felt like I heard from him through an impression … that yes we need to be dependent on him but that he also wants us to have joy. To work with joy! Serve with joy! Love with joy! Yes we are to be prayerful, obedient, watchful but not in a ‘follow the rules’ way where we’re doing it so we don’t disobey. We can serve God with joy and trust that he will help us complete the works he’s given us to do.
Lord, please help us to have fun with you today. To share an inside joke, heart-to-heart conversation; to celebrate a blessing; to heal a hurt together. You’re with us and you care. Help us to remember oh what a friend we have in Jesus. Oh what a helper we have in the Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving us all we need. #theyayproject
*they were warned because they were constantly beginning but not completing the work God had given them to do