I Can’t Believe It’s This Easy
I’m not going to lie to you. I’m always looking for an easier way to do things. It doesn’t matter what it is if someone shows me an easier way than what I am currently doing, and it produces the same results, I’m going to change my ways. Now admittedly there are many times that the easy way out just doesn’t cut it. It takes hard work to produce quality results.
Then there are times when I get ambitious to fix something that I don’t know anything about and someone assures me – it’s easy. They LIED! Frustrated, three and a half hours later I’m finally finished a fifteen minute job. The easier way would have been if someone else had done it, someone who really knew what they were doing.
It took some time for me to figure out that I was doing the same thing in my Spiritual journey. Every time I looked at my life I would always find something else that needed fixing. I could always rely on a spiritual advisor who would assure me that with Jesus it would be easy – THEY LIED! The more I worked on fixing myself, the more frustrated I would get, and just when you think you have one problem area licked, another mess would always show up. It would be way easier if someone who knew what they were doing would fix me.
I lived in condemnation. I thought I had to count the cost to be a disciple of Jesus. I thought I had to pick up and carry my cross to be a true Christian. What a relief when I found out I was doing my spiritual life the hard way, but there is an easier way! What a relief when I found out I don’t have to count the cost or pick up and carry my cross to be a disciple of Jesus.
Jesus spoke these words, “Come, all of you who are carrying your heavy loads, and I will give you REST. . . . . . My yoke is EASY, my burden is LIGHT.” What a release! There are many preachers who are preaching a self-righteous Christianity, and you know what? That is not the Gospel of Jesus! They are constantly telling you to look at yourself and how you behave. What’s worse is they are constantly looking at you and telling you how to behave. They have made following Jesus difficult, wearisome, a great burden, and life is filled with guilt and condemnation.
As for me, I refuse to live that way any longer. I am no longer self-absorbed with me and my short-comings and failures, which there are many. I have learned to shift my focus off of me and onto Jesus. I have learned that there is someone who really knows what He’s doing to fix what’s wrong. I have learned that following Jesus is easy, the burden is light, and there is rest.
Now I have the joy of sharing this great news with others. Oh, there is plenty of opposition. But when I found renewed joy in life and freedom in living without condemnation, I can never go back to the religious lifestyle I once lived. Do you know what surprises me the most? I am really drawn to Jesus and love Him more now more than ever. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S THIS EASY!