Comfort in Jesus Christ
August 21, 2007 2:03pm CST
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for 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." For far too many times in the past, I've dealt with guilt, angst, helplessness over the sins that I've willfully committed because of my stubborness. I knew in my heart that somehow God will not be pleased with my actions but because of my sinful pride, I chose to disobey Him and do things my way. But God is great and merciful, He sent Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins -- for anyone who believes. When I learned to fully entrust my life to Jesus and learned to pray to Him with all my heart in every aspect of my life, I became less worrisome and more thankful even for the little things.
21 Aug 07
We may call this the irony of discipleship. To follow Christ means that we give up everything and follow him. To follow Christ means that we receive untold blessings in this life and eternal life with God in the life to come. So is it hard? Yes, sometimes it is. But life is hard. Is the burden light as Jesus promised? Yes, because we know our lives are not lived in vain, that we are living life as God intended it, and when life is over, it isn't really over! We get to go home and be with our Lord!