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Jesus loves you apart from your actions. Yes, it is good to do good things. And Jesus wants to be involved in every aspect of your life, so part of your relationship with Him is to enjoy working side by side with Him in your ministry and whatever He has given you to do. But know that even if you never did any work for Him, He would still love you and care for you and be part of your life.

You are a child of God because of what Jesus accomplished for you. Not because of anything you accomplished on your own.  Some people worry and feel bad because they know they are supposed to be involved in ministering to others somehow, but they don't feel like they are living up to their full potential, or maybe they don't feel like they are accomplishing anything for God at all, and so they feel like maybe God is angry at them for not doing what they are supposed to do. But Jesus died so that you could have eternal life (John 3:16), Jesus died so that you could have a relationship with Him (Jonn 17:3).  

You were created for love and relationship, first and foremost with God. Understand that this is your first priority, and only then you will be able to reach your full potential in whatever amazing things He has assigned for you to do here.

1 John 4:10 says that we love because God first loved us. We cannot love others like God loves if we are not receiving love from God who is the very source of love (1 John 4:8). You can't dish out what you don't have. So let God love you. Realize that you are His precious child, not an employee. It's not about what you do. You are a human being, not a human doing. And your being is God's beloved child. God created you as an object of affection, not a workhorse. Yes, working for God and advancing His kingdom can be a wonderful part of your love relationship with Jesus. But the more you realize that you are His beloved first, the more successful you will be in this area of ministering to others.
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Sapphire-X-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Awesome point that you made here. It's a very good piece. I enjoyed reading it; it definitely made me confident!! :)

thatnerdyowl56 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, very beautiful!:D
Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Purity116 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. :)
Kawaiikutie778 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ties in nicely to my camp this week. We had the theme "I Am Second" and this pretty much sums up our lessons. Well done!
Fifekun Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said!! :3
ChristopherF10 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Writer
I actually never really read much stuff from all the groups I watch, but this caught my eye :') really powerful! Awesome insights ^^ thank you so much
TKDshadow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I'm glad people are finding encouragement in this!
To be honest, sometimes God still has to instruct me to read this for myself as well. ^^;
PettiePrincess Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But that is good! :D We are learning this with you~
Nothing to be ashamed of, because it shows that you humble yourself to read the lesson again instead of other people who write it down and act like they accomplish the lesson.

Im glad to see that there is a writer for God who does that! :w00t:

It really encourages me to keep moving foward~!
TKDshadow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thanks! :D
kns10430 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for posting this, it helped to raise awareness in me, especially since I've been going through exactly what you described there. I need to not get so caught up in trying to do things for him that I forget what's most important: loving and living for him and knowing that he's always there and always loves me.
Imaus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. So much.
Xtreme11296 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Wonderful text! It touched my heart profoundly. Sometimes we get so into HAVING to do something for Jesus that we forget Jesus Himself and loving him. God bless you!
lacingflowers Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I can really identify with it. This will help me to no end!
HeavenRose150 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Such a BIG truth!! May God bless you all... ^^
Destroyah Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
....And the children all said.....AMEN!
Jazzcat-27 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes Lord.
Imaginative-Light77 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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