It is only when we understand the truth that we are saved by His work, not ours, that we can be set free from the religion of shame and striving. The apostle Paul wrote, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8,9). In other words, no one can achieve approval from God through performance. Grace gives us what we don’t deserve, and could never hope to accomplish through striving for perfection.
Jesus addressed the religious mindset, when He said, “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” (Matthew 11:28-30). Revival rest is operating out of a sense of worthiness and well-being because of what Christ already purchased for us on the cross. He worked to secure our love, acceptance and approval, so that we don’t have to.“It is finished,” (John 19:30). That doesn’t mean that we don’t work, serve, and pursue excellence. No, grace actually empowers us to fulfill our destiny! Grace enables us to do more work, accomplish more, perform better, and serve faithfully without striving—without working for approval.
Revival rest is:
Working from love rather than for love.
Working from acceptance rather than for acceptance.
Working from approval rather than working for approval.
Working from identity rather than for a destiny.
A NEW WAY OF LIVING
Renouncing the religion of shame is essential to encounter true love, unconditional acceptance, and authentic identity, leading to a destiny of well-being and fulfilled accomplishment. If we want to be free from it, it requires a new way of thinking and believing. I want to encourage you to rest in the grace of God today, released from the slavery of shame and free to rest while you work.
Why not start today on a new page? Let’s get rid of the conditions we place on ourselves like, “If only I did this/ had that/ looked like them/ had their gifting/ etc. then I would be accepted.” If you have any unhealthy “Ifs” running around in your mind then replace them with a confident “I am” statement. Try, “I am accepted/ I am loved/ I am protected/ I am beautiful/ I am confident…”
This article was written by Kris Vallotton and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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