|Weekly Student Encouragement|
By: Rahel Faes
He Loves You... Not Your Works!
When I came to write this encouragement, the Lord reminded me of the story of Mary and Martha. We all know it - Martha did this and that to please the Lord. She ran around all the time taking care of the house and of the guests, making sure no one missed anything. On the other hand, we have Mary who sat there at Jesus' feet and just listened to what He had to say. She didn't want to miss a word of what He shared.
Out of the two, Martha did what she thought was the right thing to do. She wanted to make sure Jesus and the guests were happy and taken care of. Now, this is not a bad thing per se. When you have guests you have to make sure they are taken care of and feel at home.
There was this one thing she missed out on though - spending this time with Jesus while He was there and to just enjoy His presence and fellowship with Him.
When I look at my own life or at the life of Christians in general, I see that often we get so busy doing this and that for the Lord. True, we all have responsibilities and things need to be taken care of! However, this is not the main thing that the Lord has in mind for you.
Sometimes, we even get so far as to think or feel, unconsciously or consciously, that we have to work hard to please the Lord and to make Him happy. Let me set things very straight here though... This is not true! Jesus called you to be His child and His friend in the first place.
The moment you gave your heart and your entire life to Him, He loved you as much as He loves you today. Picture what you looked like back then when you were a spiritual baby that had just come out of the womb and wore diapers. You didn't have anything to give or contribute to please the Lord, yet He already loved you with an everlasting love.
The exciting news is that this hasn't changed. He still loves you with the same passionate and unwavering love that is able to overcome every obstacle. The one thing He desires most from you is that you love Him back with the same love.
Loving Him doesn't necessarily mean working hard for Him and trying to please Him, but it is coming to Him and spending this time with Him. Tell Him how much you love Him and how precious He is to you. Take time to allow Him to love you and to fill your heart with a peace and rest that can only be found in His presence.
So this week, if you have been running around a lot and doing this and that for the Lord, take a moment to stop. See how He is sitting in your lounge or bedroom waiting to talk to you and to fellowship with you. Let the dishes be dishes, the administrative work or the phone calls be whatever they are and take time to be with Him and to love on Him.
Allow Him to love you and to fill your heart in ways only He can. I promise, as you do, your life will change in a way that you wouldn't have imagined! The sense of life that you have been seeking will be so clear again, and the joy and the passion that seemed to be somewhere out there, will be right in your own spirit once again!
So I will not keep you any longer, but let you run into your savior's tender and loving arms so that He can do what He does best! May you have the best week ever as you spend this precious time with Him!
In His Love and Joy,