Living the Christian life at times seems to come with great busyness. I have mentioned to my wife on several occasions how the “Day of Rest” seems more like a marathon of non-stop running around. Up early, getting ready with two little tornados, long drive to church, Sunday School, preaching, greeting, eating, going back, etc. etc. etc…
Then there are the convictions of others leading them to do mighty works within the church that seem to be super natural in how they balance life. How do some become such masterful theologians, writers, singers, teachers, and preachers of God? How is it that among the things they already do, they seem to find the time to master the repetitions of church life? It is exhausting watching others become exhausted. But why can’t I be more like that?
I have at many times in my life felt the need to do more for the Kingdom of God. To sell all that I have and give it away. To place my family on the airplanes of life entering into some deep dark Hell on the other side of the earth for the cause of the Gospel. All the while I continue to say, “What more can I do for you Lord”? As Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me”. Yet, at times my joy in my salvation seems to dwindle. Not that I doubt it, but rather that I become discouraged comparing myself to those who most likely have things in the right perspective and have walked with the Lord for many more years than myself. I consider those who have sold all they have and pursued a life solely devoted to spreading the Gospel of Christ. I consider the ones who have lost their very lives proclaiming the Kingdom of God is at hand. Conviction of this in life has become real and evident.
These feelings of exhaustion and distraction can continue to rock on and on, however, let us consider what Christ meant when He spoke in Matthew 11:28-30. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light” (NKJV). Clearly this a call to come to Christ for Salvation. To dispose of ones self righteous actions to gain the salvation of the Lord or even themselves for that matter. The command of God for all to repent and believe upon Christ is wide, but only those who see the spiritual emptiness will come (Matthew 5:3). Now those of us who are converted know this truth but often with before mentioned talking points Christians still feel the need to be doing something (ANYTHING!) to appeal to God. Falling into this trap and I am sorry to inform you, is Idolatry and legalism. Now, the truth is that once we are converted and in a right standing with God we do want to please Him. We do want to do the things that are written in His Holy Word. Yet, when our joy in our salvation is based on the works and actions we ourselves do, we begin to enter into an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows. Our happiness and joy streams from our performance, on what we can accomplish ourselves.
EVEN WHAT IS GOOD CAN BE BAD.
Hardly when considering the running around of a typical Sunday and the thoughts of having to take on more ministry opportunity does the passage “burden easy and yoke is light” comes into mind. Why just the opposite. But our focus is on ourselves. We can place so much of the burden on ourselves that we miss the fact Christ has completed the work the Father had for Him and we Christians are presented to the Father in the likeness of His Son! Our sins were in fact imputed unto Him and His righteousness imputed unto us! It is all of Christ. Becoming distracted with even what is good can be bad. Our focus must be Christ. When I realized in my own life through much prayer, and passage that the love God has for me is not based on me, but rather based upon the person of His Son Christ Jesus, my worship of Him elevated. The love I have for Him became so vast and so deep! We Christians are loved and helped based upon the merit of another. This is where true happiness and joy resides. Then are we able to set aside the “to do” list of being a Christian. We are in right standing before the Father based upon the Jesus Christ. We could never do more to cause Him to love us more, or do less to cause Him to love us less. His love for us is even based upon His Son. How freeing is that!? Truly then we see that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.