"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (TM)
There are many sincere people in our world who believe that through their increased religious activity that God will somehow love them more than others. They place what they do above what God has already done for them. The result is that they end up tired, worn out and burned out through the cycle of religious performance because they have self at the centre.
The truth is that God has already demonstrated the full depth of His love for humanity through the death of Jesus on the cross. The liberating truth about God is that He cannot love you any more or any less than He has already demonstrated and His love is not dependant on you or what you do. It’s all about Him; His character, His promise.
The heart of God is for you is not primarily about activity but to learn from Him, to understand what real life is truly about. It is emphasised twice in these verses.
Today, commit to walk and work with God, just as an apprentice learns from the master craftsman. Open your senses, your mind, your heart and your soul to Him. Take it all in like a dry sponge soaks up water.
You’ll never look back for you’ll never be the same again.