The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
Loved by God. Let this define us. Not our works or our wearying religiosity or even what others might think of us. The burden is not for us to become our own Savior – we already have One. In Christ Jesus we are dearly loved and treasured by God - fully known, fully accepted, fully embraced. It is never Christ plus something else that saves us – it is Christ alone. He constantly woos us with “Come to me”. Lay your burdens at His feet and come sit in His lap and rest your weary head between His all powerful shoulders. He turns no one away rather beckons: “Come”, “Come”, “Come”.
So often we want to handle everything ourselves – so how is that going for you so far? What we are called to handle is our attitudes and our actions through His power. It is He that equips us to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord Jesus in all we say and do and think. Enabling us to leave the aroma of Christ in our every encounter rather than the stench of death. As we walk as Jesus walked through His power and for His glory we turn the world upside down because it is so totally unearthly in its nature. There is no need to prove ourselves or seek to make much of “us”. Indeed, the call in all four Gospels is to deny self, take up our crosses and follow hard after our Savior. That is to take hold of the life that is truly life – the abundance that we are here for. All else is chaff – no matter what the world lauds. It has never been all about us rather all about Him.
The world has never been our friend. It distorts truth and gives us a plethora of empty false loves. Only God bestows true love – one that is patient, kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, is not proud, rude, self-seeking, easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres and never fails. Who wouldn’t desire to be loved like that? Fully known and fully loved.
“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 (NIV)