Myself and Emily from fearfully wonderfully me have decided to swap blogs today! We both choose our own topics, but then something strange happened! We both wrote about the same thing! If that isn’t the Holy Spirit I don’t know what is! Heres Emily’s post.
Have you ever taken one of those spiritual growth quizzes? I have, and it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. It’s not that I did super poorly–I have things I did well on and things I need to work on like any of us would. However, I did grow weary at the list of suggestions to boost the points in my weaker categories, such as evangelism.
According to the packet, it seemed like as long as I passed out fifty Bible tracts and shared a written testimony with all my fellow unsaved peers, then I could become a great evangelizer! The only problem is, I tend to fail and beat myself up when I don’t meet bullet-point expectations like these. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one either.
One of the most difficult concepts I’ve ever had to grasp is the truth that God loves me no matter what. Another thing that’s hard to swallow is that all this running around trying to “be more spiritual” is probably one of the least of His concerns.
I found out recently that I actually started to share the Gospel with someone simply by listening to them, loving them, and being open to their ideas about God. This blew my mind! I didn’t have to hand out a single Bible tract or talk about my testimony at all.
Ladies, a lot of times we feel the pressure to measure up–whether it be the size of our bodies, the clothes we wear, or our relationship status. And guess what? Church is no different! Instead of a bunch of secular rules and expectations, we just come up with religious ones–it’s human nature.
And that’s exactly why we have so much burnout and stress even though we are supposed to be at rest (Matthew 11:30). You don’t have to work like crazy and try to save the world in order to make a difference.
You don’t have to constantly obsess over how spiritual you are (or aren’t) in order to please God. If this is hard for you to swallow, then that’s okay. It goes against my perfectionist nature as well.
And I love it. I love the rest that Jesus provides when we simply abide in Him.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV).
I love how I don’t have to work for God’s love–Jesus already did that on the cross. Anything extra I do is simply a thank you to my awesome Savior.
So right now I dare you to stop obsessing over your spiritual growth. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about it, but maybe all you have to do is simply pray about it and spend more time with God (instead of reading nine books and taking ten quizzes when you should be sleeping).
I’m also daring you to step away from yourself. You can’t save the whole world–that’s God’s job. Not everyone was meant to be a large-scale missionary or worship leader (but if you are one, then that’s awesome too!). It’s okay to just sit down and eat a meal with a couple of people, asking them what they need, helping them, and truly loving them.
In fact, that sounds a lot like something Jesus would do. One of my new favorite Bible verses is from 1 Thessalonians 2:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us (1 Thessalonians 2:8 KJV).
When you take the time to reach individuals–a small-scale mission–you can still make a difference and really make a connection to their souls.
We already have all of the love and acceptance we need from God. Now we can turn and give that love to others, along with a part of ourselves, knowing that we can always find rest in our Heavenly Father.
Love, Emily ❤
Emily is a college student, writer, and blogger at fearfullywonderfullyme.com. She is a proud Jesus Freak with a passion for people, yoga, and cats.
Thanks for this encouraging message Emily! It’s been fun swapping blogs with you, if you are interested you can check out my post on her site!