“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 MSG
It is not just about our challenges in life that tire us up to swim against the strong flow of how the world operates, but sometimes it is when all things are well and good that creates a laxed momentum, leading us to a place of complacency and eventually burden us on how to get back on track into the unforced rhythm of His grace.
Indeed, tests not only come when things do not go the way we want them to flow, but it is equally true when they do.
Have you ever experience a time in your life when everything seems to be perfect in every way, and thanksgiving, praise and worship are no doubt easy to say? But have you also noticed that when it goes on and on for a longer period of time, there will come a point where you get content with the status quo that produces a complacency to pray? Hmmmm … could it be then that our challenges and trials are meant to keep our eyes on a constant and consistent pursuit of Him and His goodness?
Many a times we think that our trials in life are for the testing of our faith. Well, it could be a reason. More often than not, we see them as consequences of what we have done wrong. Point well taken. But as believers, how about perceiving them in a different way? That they are actually there to display the perfect, redemptive, complete and glorious work of Jesus Christ at the cross.
“Afterward, as Jesus walked down the street, he noticed a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused this guy’s blindness, his own, or the sin of his parents?” Jesus answered, “NEITHER . It happened to him so that you could watch him experience God’s miracle.” (John 9:1-3 TPT)
Religion always points to whose to blame? Who did the wrong thing? But the finished work of Jesus Christ that sealed us into the blessed assurance of this wonderful , everlasting LOVE-RELATIONSHIP with God, points to the cross that made the wrong things right. It is His total and complete work that made us the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
It is not about our “doing right” by our own might that sets us free from being tired, worn out and weary. It is in “believing right” that graces us to “do right”. It is all about “what Jesus did at the cross” that made us NEW CREATIONS in Him. Our identity changed. It is NOT by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God.
Jesus is the the HOPE of glory. It is He Who guaranteed and gave us confidence and expectancy that His mercy and goodness shall pursue us all the days of our lives, away from the guilt and condemnation that the enemy brings, and sets us up into how we can live freely and lightly in His presence.
It is HE Who said, “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!” (John 10:10 TPT)
COME TO ME …
GET AWAY WITH ME …
WALK WITH ME …
WORK WITH ME …
KEEP COMPANY WITH ME …
AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST …
As believers in Christ, we are to GIVE UP doing and fixing things in our own way. Instead, we are to SUIT UP in the FULL armor of God! We have been declared Victorious, Overcomers and more than Conquerors! So, suit up and live it out!
“Because of this, you must WEAR ALL THE ARMOR that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.
Put on TRUTH as a BELT to strengthen you to stand in triumph.
Put on HOLINESS as the PROTECTIVE ARMOR that covers your heart.
Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of PEACE.
In every battle, take FAITH as your wrap-around SHIELD, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One!
Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a HELMET to protect your thoughts from lies.
And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-SWORD of the spoken Word of God. Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers.” (Ephesians 6:13-18 TPT)
We cannot deprive ourselves from the testing. We have to go through them. But we are to BE MINDFUL that in every testing, a designated glory of God arises each time.