28 “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. 29 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. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Isn’t that what Jesus is all about? Grace. Freedom. Unforced. Unburdened.
Chrisitanity has become a “religion” lumped in with other religions to the world. And perhaps that is why it seems so dry to those on the outside looking in. Or even those on the inside.
And yet…religion burdens. Religion forces. Religion binds. Religion dictates.
This is where the difference lies. This thing, this relationship with Jesus, this love by the God of the universe, this is not a religion. It is a reality. Religions require things of you to gain a right standing with their God, or oneness with their nirvana. A list of standards that you
MUST follow and complete to gain access to the end reward.
Many people think this walk with Jesus, commonly called ‘Christianity’ is also a list of rules, of do’s and don’ts, and often this is what
Christian people portray. But the God of Christianity, this one true God, the maker of heaven and earth, provided a way that doesn’t require you to achieve something to gain a right standing with God. Instead it requires something very simple. Belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God, and repentance from sin. With that comes an intimate friendship with God himself, and eternal security.
It all comes from grace. Grace upon grace upon grace. It is the Gift of God, eternal life.