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Matthew 11:25-30 (The Message)
Jesus said "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."
Jesus was telling us ‘Don’t be worn out’
As Christians we were indoctrinated to be ‘doers’. We were told the ‘shoulds’ of Christianity that we should do a list of things that would please God…….. and that list was endless.
There are thousands of books and thousands of programs that tell us how to do all these things and how to get others to know Jesus. It’s as if the survival of Christianity is completely depends on our efforts.
There are times when I absolutely despise religion .When I hear of fundamentalism inciting hatred, paedophile priests, hurtful things said in church about the gay community, or the thoughtless actions committed by one church member on another. Religion clearly fails to make people more loving.
The only thing that gets me through is knowing that religion comes right out of the heart of humankind. Its man’s efforts to please God, to impress God. It’s not God inspired or God blessed and it always fails to change people deep inside.
Religion is “doing”, in fact religion is doing and doing and doing some more and the doing is NEVER be enough. Religion needs constant effort. It’s not what Jesus called us to. He simply called us to relationship with Him.
Jesus says “Come to me (the invitation), get away with me and recover your life” Religion will suck life out of us BUT relationship with Jesus gives us our lives BACK!
Jesus said - I have come to give you LIFE, and not just life BUT life in all its fullness....Life that is beyond our imagination!
Is it religion or relationship for us? The Jews he was speaking to knew all about religion – doing the right thing, saying the right thing, wearing the right thing! They knew how to “do” religion. Religion can do stuff without relating to Jesus. But here we have Jesus saying religion will burn you out, frazzle you, dry you out, and burn you to a crisp!
Instead Jesus says “Come to me”. ‘Come’ not do its about relationship. Walk alongside me and I’ll let you in on how I do it, let me mentor you, watch how I do the Fathers business find out how to do it like that.
This wonderful passage from the Message says –“Learn the unforced rhythm of grace” Gosh that’s very poetic but what does it mean? It’s simply living by grace.
It’s believing that God has covered all our actions with Christ’s blood so there’s nothing we can do or not do that will ruin His plan because He treats us with favour way beyond anything we could deserve. Jesus has ripped up the rule book!
It’s about not trusting what we do to make us pleasing to God. Its simply just being us.
And when we live by grace, nothing is obligatory but as we deepen our relationship with Him we are delighted to do what he leads us in to. And loving God becomes natural, just like breathing in and out - in and out - an unforced rhythm.
We are not supposed to run ourselves into the ground, we weren’t designed for that.
The word rhythm is usually linked to music. The rhythm section of the band lays the foundation for the song. It kind of sets the floor for the rest of the song to build upon.
When the rhythm in a song is mistimed or simply doesn't fit in with the flow of the music, it throws everything off. No matter how beautiful the song is it is ruined.
But when the music has got good beats and rhythm, we get immersed into it. We might start tapping our feet, or just all out dancing along with the rhythm. Its easy to flow with it.
God invites us to set our lives to a new beat, His beat. He invites us to listen for it and go with it, flow with it and live in His rhythms of grace.
The rhythm of this grace meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. as our own ways are overcome to now live for a greater purpose. It prompts us to respond to God in praise for what He is doing in our lives, not for what we are achieving by willpower.
Let’s allow Him to do what He wants in us, according to His rhythm and live freely and lightly with Him.
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