I love this saying, “Jesus calls us to be with Him, not to work for Him.”
That bothers me, I have a bazillion objections already. Like, “faith without works is dead!” But there is stuff that needs to get done! Nobody else is going to do it! What am I supposed to do, just sit here and do nothing?
Jesus calls us to be with Him. We people tend to be all about fixing stuff, doing stuff, producing stuff, as if we now get to show how much good work we do for the Lord, how invaluable we are. Chuckling here, and I shall spare you all the links, but those busy trying to prove how virtuous and good they are, are all over twitter and FB, and they’re downright ugly. Ugly, I tell ya! U-g-l-y.
That’s because our own works are always based on scarcity and fear. I do everything around here and nobody appreciates me, and everything threatens me, and nobody else is doing anything right! If you loved the Lord like I do, which obviously you don’t since there can be only one pretty princess in this story…..
Some of those princesses have beards, too. Just saying.
I don’t want to squash that enthusiasm, that joy that comes from service, that sense of being driven, of accomplishment, because those can be beautiful things, I am just saying that Jesus calls us to be with Him. To rest at His feet. To abide in Him. To have a relationship with Him. To receive His love. To heal in Him. To be dependent on Him.
In the Bible Jesus tells Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” He also tells Martha who objects to Mary not helping her, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Rest at His feet, early and often. Let Him wash you.
The very best witnesses for Jesus are those who are simply about the business of being with Him. Being with Him is the precise opposite of scarcity and fear, the opposite of comparison and condemnation. The fruit of that relationship shows, it has a tangible evidence to it, it makes all the difference in the world.