“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 in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
When I feel as if I am at a point when I am taking my new life in Christ for granted, the Lord allows the evil one to buffet me with a memory of the man I once was. I shutter at what I was capable of, and I rejoice in the reality that I am a new creation.
With that memory, comes the sense of stress and struggle I had, living as a sinner in a sinful world. We like to deceive ourselves into thinking that sin is easy, that we are somehow free of the constraints of morality. In reality, there is great cost, as much time is wasted dealing with the guilt and shame, and the inevitable toll it sin takes on our mind, body and soul.
On that Resurrection Sunday years ago, I went to down to the altar weighted down by sin, drained of life and wondering if I would live another day. I left that altar changed, having all the weight of years off guilt and shame lifted from me, a new person.
Come to Me…
The Lord invited me to be with Him, to know true freedom. He also guided me toward a church where I could develop as a follower of Christ, as one coming in damaged and broken. Those that received me did so with great patience, as I had plenty of warts.
There are churches where peoples are bound with many legalistic chains, defining what they may do, and more importantly, what they shouldn’t. This can be so hard for the new believer, as they are talking baby steps into a new life.
Jesus brought His message into a world where the rabbinical class had created a system that held those who followed them in spiritual captivity, ruling over them, holding them to impossible standards guaranteeing failure. What a rabbi taught was called a yoke.
Jesus came bringing the teaching of God as it was meant, with authority, as He was author of the words of life.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
John 1:1-5 NKJV
Through the years, I have found myself living by an organic faith, one based on the fundamentals. I have found that the word and the Holy Spirit are sufficient for my maturity, as I pray and communicated with the Lord. I have no ties to a given denomination, for those entities are the dominion of men and not God. In Jesus there is no burden, no heavy weight of tradition to weigh me down.
Brothers and sisters, we have such a great salvation, purchased by Jesus on the cross and made available to us for free. Let us not become weighed down by things that are not of God. When we go out and tell others of this salvation, let us be faithful to keep it simple.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:3-4 NKJV
We are taking the message of Jesus to a world full of people needing rest. People weighed down by sin, overwhelmed by guilt and shame, and wondering if they will survive another day. They need to know about the yoke of Jesus, so that they too can be given rest from the overwhelming burden of sin.
Let us walk in the Spirit, free from the burden of sin, and the draw of future sin. May we be a beacon for the world to find its way to the Lord Jesus, the light of there world.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
II Corinthians 3:17 NKJV