Get To, Not Have To

The Kingdom of God is a get to, not a have to. It’s an undeserved invitation to the abundant life Jesus promised – not a duty to fulfill, a burden to endure, or slave labor to perform.

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I left 2015 with a lot of unchecked boxes. The year wasn’t a wash, but there were some significant goals I fell short on.

In retrospect, I think part of the problem was my mindset. Like Jonah, there were times I ran away from the work, and there were times I engaged it but my heart wasn’t in it.

While discussing this with God he began re-energizing me; showing me the difference between a have to to a get to mentality, and helping me move towards the latter.

In short, the Kingdom of God is a get to, not a have to. It’s an undeserved invitation to the abundant life Jesus promised – not a duty to fulfill, a burden to endure, or slave labor to perform.

Sure, there are times when it’s tough, but even then the yoke is easy and the burden is light.

We don’t have to say yes to Jesus. It’s not like he’s holding a gun to our head. Instead, it’s more like he’s invited us to the most amazing party ever and we get to decide if we’ll show up or not.

Have to faith doesn’t honor God. He’s looking for partners, not puppets. He wants a relationship rooted in love, not obligation or ritual.

Whenever we shift into a have to mentality we become like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son: angry, entitled, jealous, bitter, alone.

No my friends, we get to journey with Jesus and that means we have the privilege of living joyful, meaningful, and productive lives.

So this year I’m looking at the work and thinking get to, not have to. I’m leaning in by God’s grace instead of holding back. How about you?

Author: Dave Mierau (Meer-oh)

Christ follower, family man, lifelong learner.

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