Mathew chapter 11 says “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” This is something that I struggle with every single day. When the burdens of life come my way, my first instinct is to pick it up and carry it on my shoulders. But more burdens come, and I continue to place them on my shoulders. This continues until the weight of these burdens weighs me down to the point I can barely walk. Because I am walking in my own strength, and not by the strength of the one who is stronger than me. Some of the hardest moments of my life are when I try to do everything on my own. Because I didn’t take up His yoke. It wasn’t his burden, I was trying to carry it all on my own. Don’t carry your burdens one more day alone. Tomorrow will be harder than today if you try to carry them on your own.
Everywhere we turn we are constantly bombarded with images, advertisements, and videos of who we should be, how we should look, and what we should be doing. In our over socialize, photoshopped world, we are constantly comparing ourselves to unrealistic expectations.
In Galatians 6:4 we read “Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else.”
“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10.
Instead of chasing unrealistic expectations, we should chase the one who made us who we are.
There are over 169 verses in the bible that show us the ways God provides for our needs. “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:19
Like a good parent however God will never give us something that will harm us. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be difficult times. “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces home and home doesn’t put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
God has plans to prosper us, and not harm us. Plans to give us a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 We must simply trust Him.
How do we ensure our eternal salvation? Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road the leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few will find it.” There is only one way to ensure our salvation. “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. “He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 2 Timothy 1:9. “For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.” Friends, the road that leads to life is so narrow in fact that there is only ONE way to endure eternal salvation. It is not by good works or anything that we can do on our own. We can’t “earn” it and we have done nothing to deserve it. It is by God’s grace alone through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross that we are promised life. If you have not ensured your eternal salvation; If you have not taken the narrow road; I encourage you to seek God’s grace before it is too late. We are not promised a tomorrow, but by God’s grace through Jesus, we are promised eternity.
Did you know that the Bible is a collection of books from dozens of authors over hundreds of years? Even with all of this diversity, there is one common theme: God’s relationship with us. As Christians, we often look to the Bible for guidance and encouragement in our walk with Christ. It deals with timeless questions such as who we are, where we came from, why we’re here, where we’re going and how we should live. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies being printed in over 250 languages.
The Bible is the living, breathing word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we read, “Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.” “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thought of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.
If you desire to know the true nature of our creator, the Bible is the book for you. I encourage you to read the Bible and read it often. It is the best way to grow a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God. It is after all the best-selling book of all time.