It was the first week of January and I was at the gym crushin’ the Christian life. I mean, I was totally rocking this new year.
I had hit my FitBit goal every single day so far. Got my Bible reading in. And I was making amazing progress on my to do list.
You could say I was feeling pretty great about myself.As awesome as she felt, she knew something was missing... #CandidlyChristian Click To Tweet
Something Was Missing…
But as awesome as I felt, I knew something was missing. That something just wasn’t right…
As I picked up speed on the treadmill, I felt a nagging at my soul.
Everything I was feeling great about, was based on my own accomplishments. I wasn’t leaning into Jesus, I was patting myself on the back.
And all of a sudden, it no longer felt so great.
Grace vs Works
Ephesians 2:8-10 came to mind, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.“
I had been relying on my own strength instead of looking to Jesus; boasting in my works instead of resting in God’s grace.
I knew it was true because as much as I was “crushin’ the Christian life” I had been neglecting to pray. It had all been about me and my accomplishments, instead of about God and His glory. Instead of about my relationship with Jesus.
I wasn’t crushin’ the Christian life, I was becoming a whitewashed tomb.
So I did what any Christian woman would do when they came to that realization. I started to pray. And when I got home, I stopped trying to be awesome, and surrendered to Jesus. Accepting that I’m not always get it all done, and that’s okay.
How Are You Doing This New Year?
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