Basic Christianity: Work vs. Rest

This is the lesson on “let go and let God,” as the saying goes. We don’t work for our salvation. We don’t strive. We’re not working to try to please God. We thrill in pleasing Him because we’re rejoicing in our salvation and have no other choice alive in us but to obey Him and trust and have faith.

We can “let go and let God” and not worry about situations and not work to try and make our desired outcome happen. We can put our lives and the lives of those we love into God’s hands and leave them there. We don’t have to pick up our own burdens and carry them. We don’t have to take it upon ourselves to try and get others to make the decisions that we think are right. We can trust God with it.

On the other hand, we don’t just laze around, saying, “Let go and let God.” There is work to be done. For one, we pray. We pray lots. We become students of God’s word. We love others, giving our time, money, energy. We serve the Lord in however He leads.

But, when we’re doing the Lord’s work, we let Him do the work. We don’t carry the burden of needing to accomplish anything. It’s His work. It’s all His accomplishment when something happens. We just do the thing in front of us right now. God carries the burden of making anything happen. The only lasting good fruit that will come from your life will be what the Lord accomplishes through you, so let Him do the work.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

There are builders and there are watchmen. They accomplish nothing of lasting value without the Lord being the one actually doing the accomplishing.

What does that look like? Acknowledge that He is with you all the time. Ask His help before you start something. Praise and thank Him all the time. Just be with Him. Keep your mind on Him instead of on the stuff of life.

Right now, this lesson is what the Lord has put in front of you, so give your heart to serve Him now and ask Him what He wants you to learn from it. Do everything in relationship with Him. See Him as with you in everything you do. No part of your life belongs to you if you are in Christ. You have been crucified, dead, and buried. It’s the life of Christ alive in you. It’s His life. You do with it as He chooses.

If you don’t know what you are supposed to be doing, just live your life. Pray, seek Him, read the Bible, help everyone you can, pray to be a blessing to everyone who crosses your path. See His hand in everything in your day. Ask Him to order your steps so that He would delight in your way. I get that prayer from Psalm 37:23.

And, I love to remember and thank God for this truth: He performs all things for me (from Psalm 57:2).

Lesson Point: Our work is in response to our faith and is done in relationship with God who accomplishes it.

Challenge Question: What work/need do you carry as a burden? Pray and give it over to the Lord. Are there places where you are being lazy, where you should be working or serving others? Serving ourselves is not a thing!