It had only been a few days since her encounter with Jesus and she wanted to know everything there was to know about God and about being a Christian. She wanted Jesus to be pleased with her so she worked hard at learning what that entailed. For six months she read every book she could find on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Christian walk. They were all good books – sermons and teachings and testimonies and autobiographies. She took notes and made lists.
And totally confused herself. Everybody seemed to have their own ideas and methods that worked for them. How in the world was she supposed to figure out how to please God and be a good Christian? She became stressed trying to figure it out, adding more and more to her daily and weekly to-do lists. And finding that they didn’t work for her like they did the people in the books.
Then she began to be convicted.
“Daughter, why don’t you just ask Me?”
She was looking everywhere, except towards God. He wanted her to ask HIM what she should do.
So she asked Him. “What do You want me to do? How can I please You?”
“You don’t have to do anything to please Me. You already do just by being My child.”
“But what about all those things I read about, the things people say I need to do?”
“Do you know why I let you read all those books these past months?”
“To confuse me?”
“No,” He laughed. “Not to confuse you, but to make you understand that I deal with everyone differently. What and how I work with other people is not the way I’ll work with you.”
“So You’ll tell me what to do and when? I can get rid of my to-do lists?”
And she sighed with relief. Her Father was in charge of her spiritual life. All she had to do was listen. This new spiritual life was going to be amazing!