"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Everything we work for in strife to be "good enough" is an effort that has wasted our energy. Energy we could be using to worship God and offer thanks to Him. We need not tirelessly toil, for Jesus wore the filth of our humanity. Jesus buried the bitter shame and deeds of darkness, and He resurrected with victory and healing in His wings! Let His pure healing heal your feelings of unworthiness. Let His victory triumph over your supposed need to work for acceptance. God's already accepted you as you are, because Jesus - the Spotless Lamb of God - already paid our redemption fee. He snatched us out of the enemy's slave market, and swept us away from danger. Praise the Son of God! He has set us free!
"But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture." (Malachi 4:2)
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture." (John 10:9)
“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)
- The Introverted Evangelist