If you're working for Jesus, than it's about time you quit. I mean that in a very liberal way that I'm sure people as soon as they read it are going to assume one thing and not read what I actually wrote, but hey, this is my blog and it's about my journey so I'm saying things the way I want to.
If you are laboring under a hard yoke or burden, that's demonic. If you are feeling the "burden of the Lord" That's demonic. In fact, Jeremiah 23:28 says so point blank, saying "You SHALL not say you are under the burden of the Lord."
I'm all about works. Love them. But I'm more about God. I'm more about love. And I enjoy the works that my love for God produces. I understand that works are a part of my walk with God, but they are the fruit of the relationship, not the roots. I don't work for Jesus, I love Jesus. I'm not a slave, I'm a friend. Jesus point blank at the Last Supper said. "You are not my slaves, but my friends." Point blank. Out of the mouth of Christ. No escaping it. I don't mind repenting of sin, I don't mind turning my life around for Jesus. I don't mind giving to the poor, or volunteering at the church. I don't mind these works. I love my devotional life where I read the Word daily and I take notes and I spend time with Him everyday. I'm not escaping works. I'm embracing them the way they were intended to be embraced. As a wonderful delicious fruit of a healthy relationship with Christ.
However, we are raised to look at those fruit. We are indeed suppose to judge the roots of our brothers by the fruit. But we have taken our attention so off the roots that many of don't put them into the equation. We are producing worse and worse fruit. We think picking off the bad will make more good. But any farmer will tell you, if the problem is the root, don't mess with the fruit. We need to really readjust our thinking about works and how they play out in our lives. They are never a way into a deeper glory. They are never a key to another whelm. They are always the product of healthy roots. I have dozens of garden analogies that I'm not going to bore you with, but I'm going to say the church should really think about growing some gardens and we might learn a thing or two about God. I honestly know my view of works is wrong. It's broken, and it messed up. But it's better than it was yesterday, and maybe oneday I'll be able to understand and share what works are. I just know we've got it wrong.