“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Never forget that Jesus was able to say “my burden is light” when He knew that Calvary awaited Him just a little further down the road.
Read your Bible every day. Pray. Don’t yell at the kids. Tithe 10 percent. No slang. No swag. No purple streaks in teens’ hair.
Do you ever feel suffocated by the things you need to do in order to be a “good person”?
The Pharisees loved to invent new rules and condemn people for not living up to their impossibly strict standards. In fact, they called their religion a yoke, which is a harness for restraining oxen and keeping them under control.
These holier-than-thou types bragged about their holiness, how many rules they followed, and how they made their yokes (and ours) even heavier.
Then Jesus came and changed everything! He rescued those who had tried and failed to be “good people.” He said it was impossible to earn God’s love; instead, we should focus on faith and accepting God’s grace. God accepts us as we are. He’s not sitting in heaven with a checklist, shaking His head at us and waiting for us to get it together. He only wants us to avoid deliberate sinfulness and stay faithful to Him, obeying Him. Remember, Jesus said “If you love Me, obey my commandments.” His yoke is easy and light. When obeying Him comes from our love for Him and what He has done for us, following in His footsteps is almost effortless.
Today, don’t get depressed or overwhelmed by the things you should be doing. Think of what Jesus Christ has already done, and rest in His assurance by exercising your faith.
The eternal life that Jesus died to provide for us is going to be so spectacular and magnificent that while we are still in this life, we cannot even imagine what its eternal continuation is going to be like.
“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis