Day 3: God Works Inside Out
What should I do first?
Written by John Beckett
Series: 30 Day Next Steps
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
Early in our journey, we need to understand the difference between religion and relationship. Perhaps you have seen the ways religion can be rules-based, harsh and stifling. In contrast, our relationship with Jesus should be much different: personal, open, warm and liberating.
Jesus wants us to come to Him the way a little child comes to a loving parent. For example, my wife, Wendy, and I were always delighted when one of our six youngsters would run up to us, arms outstretched for a hug, and then nestle in, completely at rest and filled with trust.
May I ask you to do something out the ordinary? Regardless of your age, become a “little child” for a minute. Come to Jesus as one would to a loving parent. No requests. No expectations. You don’t have to brush your teeth or comb your hair. Simply come and linger in His presence, experiencing His love for you. Why not take a moment to do this right now?
Let this childlike action become a lifelong habit. From this place of trust you will experience the transforming power of the new life. Don’t fall into the busyness trap of “doing things for God.” More than our help, He wants us to confidently rest in His care. This enables Him to work through us. His work is inside out, not outside in.
What do you think the difference is between religion and relationship? Do you need help understanding?