What does God want you to do?

What does God want you to do?

For the first time in several years, I have no homework, deadlines, paperwork, research, reading, showcases, presentations, or other school-related activities to accomplish.  I can rest.  Relax.  I have a whole weekend ahead of me to do whatever I want to do.

What am I doing?  Glad you asked.  I’m working on a video.  I used one of my old blogs Rethink What You Learned in Sunday School as the script.

As I’m “working” on this video, it occurs to me that God’s work, although sometimes challenging, doesn’t really FEEL like work in that it doesn’t sap my energy or overwhelm me.  In fact, it does just the opposite.  I can work late into the night and dive right back into it first thing in the morning with a sense of enthusiasm and determination.

This is what Jesus means when He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

If God’s work is dragging you down, you may want to stop and consider whether it really is the “burden” Jesus talks about, the “yoke” that gives “rest for your souls.”  It could be that you’ve been suckered into activities that look like God’s work, but are really just mislabeled or mis-assigned by well-intended, mis-appointed task masters.

What do you feel passionately about?  What kind of work doesn’t really feel like work to you?  That may be your “easy” burden in the Kingdom (Reign) of God.

 

Update: All finished!  Check it out: Rethink What You Learned in Sunday School

Comments
  • Mary Vanderplas April 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I like what you say, and agree that the work that God has for us is energizing and joy-producing, not draining and burdensome. That the work of the kingdom is costly and difficult (in the sense that living a life of radical love provokes resistance) is also, paradoxically, true. I think you’re right that this is what Jesus was talking about in extending an invitation to take on his easy yoke: freedom from the burden of religious obligation to a life of joyful service and fellowship with God.

    Your invitation to consider whether present engagements might be (self- or) other-imposed obligations rather than the will of God for one’s life is liberating. So is your invitation to consider whether the pursuits that give one the greatest joy and fulfillment might be exactly what God wills for one to do.

    Congratulations on finishing the work for your degree. I can imagine that you’re really savoring your new freedom.

    • admin April 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks, Mary. Yes, I am enjoying the surreal idea of some free time.

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 28, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I hate what you say, Alice, because you presume upon yourself Scripture which doesn’t belong to you: applying to yourself only what applies to believers. The same goes for your friends. Matthew 11: 28 – 30 is only experienced by fundamentalist born again saints. Everybody else is just imagining and misinterpreting their circumstances in order to claim Christianity falsely.

  • Stephen Helbig April 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”~ GENTLE & HUMBLE ~

    Interesting side note, ~ Canaan Land, The Promised Land, The very spiritual inheritance in Jesus our Lord, ~ The Heavenly Land ~ Speaks of HUMILITY. ~ And notice this the very name “Canann” comes from the Hebrew Word (כָּנַע) , or (kana: meaning ~ “to be humble”)

    “What does God want you to do?” ~ He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (Micah 6:8)

    DO RIGHT (do justly)~ LOVE KINDNESS (love MERCY) ~ walk with God (HUMBLY) ~ For I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND rest for your souls. ~ Jesus

    p.s. ~ GREAT Video ~ “Rethink What You Learned in Sunday School

    p.s.s. ~ “I can work late into the night and dive right back into it first thing in the morning with a sense of enthusiasm and determination.” ~ “I am enjoying the surreal idea of some free time.” ~ Alice ~ 🙂 FREE INDEED 🙂

    p.s.s.t. ~ Christian Humility is based on the sight of self, the vision of Christ, and the realization of God. ~ Described as ~ “The gem casket of all the virtues”

    • admin April 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      what is gem casket?

      • Stephen Helbig April 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        My take on the meaning of “gem casket” is ~ (A beautiful treasure chest or strongbox that will keep safe all the other Christian virtues.)
        ~ Humility is the gem casket and jewel sure to make successful all of the fruits of God’s Spirit.

        p.s. ~ Paul in Ephesians chapter 4 implores us to walk worthy of our call. The first three verses of this chapter shine like jewels, and hear in these verses we have five of the great basic words of the Christian faith.

        (Eph. 4: 1-3) Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

        We must notice FIRST, and foremost, there is humility. The Greek is tapeinophrosynēs, and this is a word which the Christian faith coined. In Greek there is no word for humility which has not some suggestion of meanness attaching to it. ~ It was Basil who was to describe it as “the gem casket of all virtues”; and before Christianity humility was not counted as a virtue at all. The ancient world looked on humility as a thing to be despised. ~ In the days before Jesus humility was looked on as a cowering, cringing servile ignoble quality; and yet Christianity sets it in the very forefront of the virtues. ~ Thus I say again…

        … Christian Humility is based on the sight of self, the vision of Christ, and the realization of God. ~

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