You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
As we walk the Christian life, one thing to keep in mind is that the only “work” that is required of God is to believe on the one He has sent (John 6:29)
To be saved, there are:
- No giving requirements
- No praying requirements
- No Bible reading requirements
- No nursing home visitation requirements
- No witnessing requirements
- No preaching requirements
- No daily devotional requirements
- No Bible memorization requirements
- No prison ministry requirements
- No church-going requirements
Do you see a pattern here? There are NO requirements for salvation except to believe in Jesus Christ. None. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Romans 10:9
Having said that, does God want us involved in one or more of those listed above (or a thousand others I could name)? Absolutely. But the point I’m trying to make is that it is not a basis for our salvation if we do 500 of those activities or none at all.
It doesn’t matter for salvation.
So how does this relate to Psalm 63:1? Simple. When we believe in Jesus we now have the ability to seek God Most High. We get to long for His appearing. We can pray four-hour prayers or 30-second prayers. We seek Him out of a pure desire to be near Him. We do it now because we are motivated by love and not by obligation.
Dear Christian, if you are worn out trying to please Him by doing more and more and more, rest in Him.
No more striving. No more trying.
Just rest in the knowledge that you are a child of the awesome living God; you were bought with a price-a very great price.
Let Him fill you with wisdom and strength and a fresh desire to serve Him.