“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:15-16
We have seen so many shifts around the world due to the COVID19 pandemic these past two years. So many things are different now – not what we once knew and even took for granted. How many of you have become proficient at online meetings? Working, church and school from home was not unusual as we stayed safe at home. My understanding is that droves of US workers are now voluntarily leaving their workplace and resigning from careers. This new phenomenon is referred to as the “Great Resignation.”
I kept thinking of this term. When I graduated from college a LONG time ago, I was so excited to start my career and join the workforce. I was raised by two parents who both had very strong work ethics. My dad’s idea of vacation was to use his week off from his job to plant his garden. Working was a part of everyday life for me. My mother started working for her company when she was 15 years old. She ended her career with them over 50 years later.
God showed me that He does not require me to have a strong work ethic to be a part of His family. I don’t have to be the smartest, best dressed and most efficient worker there is. I don’t have to feed the poor. I don’t have to sit on any particular committee in a local church. I don’t have to be a missionary. I do not need to do anything to gain His love and His forgiveness. Jesus came to die in my place, and He didn’t have a list of jobs that I needed to do to be His daughter and to receive the grace that He offers me.
So now, I am thinking that I want to be a part of the “Great Resignation.” I want to set aside the idea that there is something that I must do in order to earn God’s love and acceptance. I do not want to be strapped with the idea that my salvation has anything to do with any good works. Jesus loves me. He doesn’t wait for me to have the right job and do the right things. He runs to me wherever I am and whatever I may be doing.
I want to be a part of the Greatest Resignation – I want to give up WORKS of righteousness that I think will earn God’s approval and love. He gives freely to us, and our works are an outpouring of our love and obedience to Him–not the other way around. Don’t get me wrong, doing good works is part of the Christian walk. But it is not the way we earn our place in God’s family.
Lord, we are in the midst of the “Great Resignation.” So many people are resigning from their jobs. May I resign from works-righteousness. May I see Your heart of pure love for me. May I never diminish the Gospel by my works. Let me be a part of the “Greatest Resignation.” Let my motive to serve be total delight and a natural flow of the Holy Spirit’s direction.