I confess, I’ve felt a little overwhelmed the past couple of days. No, not the kind of schedule overwhelm that typically pinches me from time to time given all the balls I’m juggling. But the sense that I’m not doing enough, not achieving enough, not loving enough, not giving enough, not faithful enough and so on and so on for the kingdom. But I realized that of course I don’t and you don’t either dear Christian. Because as long as we’re looking at our efforts and what we do and don’t do, we’ll miss the beauty of the gospel that breathes life into our Christian existence. And that btw, is based on what the Father did through his Son and continues by the Spirit. The gospel gives us rest from need to trust in our accomplishments. So I sketched this poem together this morning to remind me that we need the gospel every day.
The gospel is needed every day
Since relying on me I will fail in some way
It tells me He did what I could not achieve
That progress is made when I trust and believe
Not trust in my efforts to earn any praise
But looking to Him for the rest of my days
For by grace we are saved that He constantly gives
The same grace that helps us through this life we must live
So cease your self-striving and in Him abide
Knowing He sits at the Father’s right side.
“Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” – Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30)