His (God’s) divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Here we go! I guess that it is about time I got myself in trouble again; I haven’t had many people shouting at me recently.
Too many times I have heard and read the sentiment,”being a Christian isn’t easy”. OK, so I understand what they are trying to get at, I think, but as a statement, “being a Christian isn’t easy” is actually untrue. Well it is certainly unscriptural.
The first verse above tells us that God has given us everything for life and godliness. Now, before you question me on the exact meaning of this I went to the Greek and did an exhaustive study on the word ‘everything’. I am pleased to be able to tell you that after hours of study what ‘everything’ actually means is -‘Everything’
Yes that is right, God has given us everything to live godly lives. Do you think that if God gives you something it is fit for purpose? That it works? That it is more than sufficient? I do. The issue is not whether God has given it- the issue is whether we receive it.
You see, I believe that when people say that it is difficult to live the Christian walk, I believe that they are actually saying that they are finding it difficult to do in their own strength. Some people don’t seem to have any difficulty at all. That is because they are not doing it alone. They have read this verse, they have read Matt 11:28-30 and they have taken these scriptures on board, believed them, absorbed them into their thinking until they can’t think otherwise.
God’s yoke is light. His burden is easy. His provision supplies everything.
Can you agree with this today? Maybe not.
Would it be easy to have a go at me? To say that I am being unreasonable? Even condemning? Maybe yes.
However I am not.
I am being scriptural. Before you disagree with me would you meditate on these two passages of scripture? 2Peter 1:3 and Matt 11:28-30. Would you think on how you can raise your experience to the high standard of the Word rather than comparing the Word to the level of your experience?
Would you thank God for all that He has made available to you and would you tell Him that you are now ready to receive? Would you be prepared to hand over your struggles to Jesus in return for His light and easy yoke?
Jesus often said let those that have ears hear. He meant that sometimes just listening to something doesn’t mean that we hear it. We have to listen and meditate for it to drop into our thinking. When we have ears to hear, or the space, capacity and interest to think about something, ideas that we have ‘heard’ before can suddenly become real to us. That is when we have truly ‘heard’ them.
Before you shout at me about how ‘hard’ being a Christian can be, please have listen first and see if you can hear these scriptures. Then, drop me a line.
All The Best,