I want to see people come alive, to fulfill the promises God has made over our lives, to live in depth and wonder and peace. There is simplicity here, to just rest in God, in what God has for us, and to know that is all we need to do, to stay anchored right there, living out this life of imitation-of-Christ, knowing that the fruit will come (see Galatians 5:16,22), it is in God’s hands to do this work (see 1 Peter 5:10, Psalm 18:28), not ours, God is the author (source) and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). God will bring the fruit, the gifts forth, we need to simply rest in the identity God has given us, to keep walking in God’s ways, no more, no less. Simple.
It is in our resting in God that we come alive.
Jesus promised us an easy yoke (Matthew 11:30), and I think this is where it is. No more striving, just being, being who God has made us, walking in the ways God has designed for us, resting in Perfect Love and Perfect Peace. God promises us shalom, which is usually translated as ‘peace’, but it is more than just absence of conflict or striving, it is the peace that comes with wholeness. We are made complete in God – not perfect – complete, whole, we no longer need to strive to be enough or better or more, just be who we are in God.
We tend to look at the surfaces, what others present, how we appear, but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), the depths. The fruit of the Spirit cannot come by dressing up the surface of our life, putting on kindness like a new dress, but it comes from the overflow of our hearts (Luke 6:45), and when the very basis of our being is grounded in Perfect Love and Perfect Peace, then that will overflow with ease, no striving, just resting in who we are in God, letting that identity soak in and colour our lives.