Work stress-free.

When we are abiding in faith, it is impossible to worry.

When we are abiding in faith, it is impossible to worry.

Philippians 3:13-14
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (King James Version)

Ironically, while we’re pressing towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus, we’re often stressing. It’s admirable to pursue our dreams with diligence, but hard work doesn’t have to produce a continuous state of stress. We struggle in our efforts when we stop believing in the power of God in our situations and begin doubting his Word. Mature Christians carry out the will of God in their lives by grace and faith, not by mere works alone. Yes, we must work. We must work to enter into the rest of God.

Hebrews 4:1-3
For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith.” (The Message Bible)

God’s rest is not a state of passivity. The rest of God empowers us to be active and effective while our minds are at ease. Our place of rest is faith. When we are abiding in faith, it is impossible to worry. We can enter into God’s rest by trusting the Holy Spirit to enable us to do everything we are called to do. So does that mean we should not make plans or work at all? Of course not. However, there is a happy medium between the two.

How can you tell if you are focusing too much on your own ability to achieve (works of the flesh) instead of depending on God’s ability to work through you? Consider these indicators…

  • Feeling the constant pressure to achieve
  • Feeling guilty when taking breaks or time off
  • Feeling anxious about things that have not been accomplished yet
  • Feeling the constant need to rush and that there is never enough time in the day to do what needs to be done

When we find ourselves getting out of balance in this area, we should focus on the great things God has already done in our lives, rather than meditating on goals we have yet to accomplish. More importantly, remember that many of our earthly goals are temporary and will fade away. God’s primary goal for us is eternal and has already been completed through Christ, which is to reconcile us to him and shape us into the image of His Son, Jesus. Since Christ has finished the “real work”, now we can rest.

Today’s Life Key: Faith is the place of rest.


Valerie Morrow

Valerie Morrow was born-again at the tender age of 5, but has been chasing Jesus and the will of God seriously for about 10 years. She is well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of Christian women. As a busy (we prefer the word productive) wife, mother, entrepreneur, leader, ministry student and writer, she focuses on being well-balanced, as a necessity in life. Valerie has been a waitress, a secretary, a receptionist, a marketing assistant, an account coordinator, an account manager, a marketing director, a business owner and the "candy lady." She has learned the meaning of being secure in Christ regardless of your position or function in life and loves to share her insights through devotionals, bible studies and "self- improvement" articles from a Biblical perspective. Valerie is the wife of Henry Morrow and the mother of two children. She is an active member of Victory Life Faith Center under the leadership of Pastor Lewis Brown.

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