I’m writing this partly to send a message to myself and to those I care for who have more or less forgotten what Jesus Christ has died to give us. The problem is that we spend our time thinking that we have to do, do, and do things. We have this insatiable need to accomplish and to achieve something for ourselves. Well, to be honest, what else can we really do? What else can we accomplish when the Champion of Heaven has already conquered all and has declared that “It is finished!” (John 19:30)
If the burnt-out person above sounds like you, life is running you down and work is stressing you out because all these things are pointing to a sheep trying to become a wolf. Wolves in the Bible are people who think that they can survive on their own without God. They believe in self-righteous hard-work and in their own efforts making them think that their way (not God’s) is the best. Wolves will never believe that their success came from the gracious love of Christ, that’s why they have this do, do, do mentality.
Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. -John 10:12
My friend, you are NOT a wolf. You are a child of The Most High God; bought and washed by the blood of Jesus Christ. And this, my friend, is why you and I are stressed out. If you read through our contract with God (there’s a lot of them in the Bible), you will see that we are not made to toil and sweat in His Kingdom. GOD DID NOT BUY YOU OUT OF SIN THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON IN ORDER TO MAKE YOU PAY FOR IT. We are made to flow in His love and not in the world’s idiocy.
Like sheep owned by Shepherds, we are branded and sealed by The Holy Spirit. Yes, ladies and gents; whether you are the biggest loser, the biggest scum, the most useless of all useless organ of the system, Jesus Christ has paid for your sins and has declared to all powers and principalities that you belong to Him. You are His sheep and He is our Shepherd.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
-1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Well what about people who are experiencing a rough time at work or in life right now? As my fellow sheep in Jesus’ flock, I just want to remind them of Psalm 23. Psalm 23 is actually the contract between The Shepherd (Jesus) and His sheep (us). It clearly states from beginning to end that Jesus will take care of us all the way. He will make us rest in green meadows, He will lead us beside peaceful streams, He will renew our strength, He will guide us along right paths, He will always be with us, He will protect and comfort us, He will honor us, He will provide for us; His goodness and unfailing love will hunt us down all the days of our life. And when we leave this earth, we will stay in His house – forever. David had this revelation to say that “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need” (v1).
So if you are going through a trying time right now, I urge you to reflect on your position and know that this is not God’s will for you. It is God’s will for His children to enjoy His peace as Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:13 says: ‘God wants all people to eat and drink and be happy in their work, which are gifts from God.’ Even at work, we should be experiencing His loving presence.
Like a loyal and humble sheep of The Most High, we follow the silent waters, we listen to our Shepherd’s voice and we shall enjoy His peace.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me
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