day, as I was walking home from work, I noticed a grassy field full of
birds. As I approached, most took flight, finding sanctuary in pine
trees or phone lines. Not so with one bird, however. This robin
merely flew about twenty feet down the sidewalk I was walking upon.
Of course, it wasn't long until once again I was too close for comfort,
and the bird flew another few yards or so, and once
again began pecking along the sidewalk, as if all its problems had been
solved. Of course, it wasn't long until once again I came barging
in upon the bird.
I began to become a little upset
for the little
| You see, often in my life I would feel anxiety
in my relationship with God. So, I would do something good, like
maybe fast and pray, witness about Jesus, or go visit a shut in.
Ah, this would bring comfort, but only for a short time. Invariably,
this anxiety would come barging in again. Like the robin I was dealing
with fear of God's judgment by flying a few feet more down the path --
only my path was the pathe of good deeds! Naturally, the peace never
lasted! To find real peace with God I had to fly off the path of
good deeds altogether.
Trusting in Jesus is entirely different from trusting in our good works. To trust in Jesus means that He is the one who pays for our sins. He is the one who makes us more Holy. Yes, we participate in the program, but we have given the control of the program entirely over to Lord Jesus. To find lasting peace with God we must jump off the path of good works, and trust in Jesus. Don't just hop a few more feet down the path, friend. Stop trying to do anything! Trust in Jesus Christ to work in you! If you don't think you can trust Him, trust Him to give you the grace to trust! Fly free!
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