Many churches teach a gospel that is so hard to follow. ..
And when we struggle to stay on what they say is the right path…
We feel ashamed and end up staying away from the most important relationship we have, our relationship with God.
When I became a Christian, I felt so much pressure to get involved in church, to participate in ministries, to go to most of the services, go out and evangelize, even though that was very uncomfortable to me. It was like, now that you are a Christian, you have to get involved, and if you don’t, perhaps you are not a real Christian. That is how I felt for a long time, however our salvation is not based on our work:
“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
I felt that If I didn’t get involved, or participated in some of the activities at Church I would be letting God down, I would be less of a Christian. It took me some years to realize that this is not how God wants us to feel. He doesn’t want to pressure us into getting involved, and there is no list of good deeds that will make him love you more or less.
Attendance to church and participating in a particular ministry are not the most meaningful aspects of being a Christian, the relationship we have with the Father is! We don’t have to feel pressure to participate in any of the ministries at Church, we don’t have to feel guilt for missing a service. I believe that each one of us has a purpose in life, and we just need to figure out what our purpose in life is.
““What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer
Dear God, please show us your purpose for our lives. It is our desire to be closer to you, to honor you with our work. Please show us which path to take, show us the desire of your heart. Amen