It’s easy to get weary, to get bogged down in all of the doing, the ministering, and the anthem-singing. Heck, even the idea of sitting still and knowing can get exhausting. So if you need a little pep in your step this morning, hear this… God doesn’t need you to get His work done. There’s nothing you can do to impress him or further His kingdom without His help.
As a grace-loving woman, I’ve always surrounded myself with the idea that I can’t push Him away with my sin. I can’t do anything bad enough or selfish enough to keep Him from loving me. I can’t step outside of His grace or His reach.
But I’m not sure we talk enough about pride and the danger of the works message, either. In the same way that I can’t push God away with my sin, I can’t pull Him closer with my good works. I can’t do anything holy enough or selfless enough to make Him love me more. I can’t step any closer to His grace or His reach, because I’m already there. Right against His heart.
When you stepped into faith, when you became a Jesus follower, He gave you a flag to wave. Somehow over the years, we’ve tried to paint all sorts of things on our flags. Do this. Don’t do that. God loves this. God hates that. Listen to me. Look at me. But when you scrub it down, when you wash away all of that junk that you’ve slathered onto it, your flag has one word sewn into it. The letters are beautifully old, tried and true. They read clearly, simply… G-O-S-P-E-L.
Y’all, the Good News isn’t fragile. It doesn’t need embellishing, qualifying or supporting statements. It doesn’t come with a to-do list. It stands alone. This flag is hardy, strong enough to endure the things of the world that tear and rip at it, century after century. And while it’s a huge flag, while it literally bears the weight of the world, it’s incredibly light and easy to carry. All we have to do is hold it up. It’s a flag that waves itself.