Read Matthew 7:13-14.
Have you ever been going about your day and realized how many ways there are for you to mess up? One wrong word here or one wrong move there, and you’d go against God’s will. Jesus warned us that in order to find life, we would have to travel through a small gate and down a narrow road. When you open the Word of God, it can seem like there are hundreds of thousands of commands and guidelines to follow. As Oswald Chambers said, “The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much.”* But following God’s will after that can be hard.
But now read Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus says His “yoke is easy” and His “burden is light,” yet so often we struggle under this huge load we think is Christianity. We resemble the before picture Jesus implies here of a worker worn down to exhaustion because of the heavy load they must bear rather than the after picture, a person free of worry and strife. But notice something, Who is the “main character” in these verses? Is it the weary, worn-down person, or is it not the Savior and Teacher?
I believe living for Jesus becomes excessively hard when we stop focusing on Jesus and start paying attention to ourselves, or the people around us. Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light because He carries the heavy parts. When we feel weak, incapable, unqualified, or not smart enough, it’s usually because we are. Jesus is our source of strength, our Teacher and Shepherd; He guides us and helps us. That’s how we can overcome our struggles, because He first overcame.
When we focus on Jesus, we are satisfied by His love, peace, presence, and promises. We see He is holding us, and we can rest in His blessed assurance. Though there are many places to fall or get lost, He will guide us safely through each one by the Holy Spirit.
Thank You, Father, for simplifying our salvation. Thank You Jesus that You are always there for us and helping us follow You! Thank You for showing us Your will in Your Word and for sending us Your Holy Spirit. Please keep our eyes focused on You alone. Thank You that You teach us how to live for You! Please help us let You teach us and not try to do it ourselves! You are enough, and You are everything! Hallelujah! In Your Name i pray dear Lord Jesus! ❤ Amen!
*Quote from My Utmost For His Highest, April 6: The Collision of God and Sin.