Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I need a break!

From the book, "God's Astounding Opinion of You" (Introduction)

"While works for God are important, the work of God in His people should thrill us so much that we become crazy about and gladly dependent on Him."

It looks genuine. You can't tell the difference from the outside. It has all the same visible markings. But when you open it up, the guts are not the same. Of course, I speak of a Rolex and its counterfeit counterpart. 

The same is true of some in the church. They play the part. They attend church, give, teach, etc. But the reason for their efforts is an effort to appease God. They have to stay on His good side. They are working so hard to be the people He wants them to be. And when they fail, they let themselves have it. The constant struggle is difficult, but they assure themselves that it will be worth it in the end. Oh, the joy that awaits in heaven, because life on earth is tough!

Then there is the man who is a Christian who does not look as if it is a struggle. He seems earnestly joyful. He seems to be at ease, at rest. He does all of the same things that everyone else does. He goes to church, gives, teaches, etc. But his is not a heavy burden, but rather a journey that he embraces. So much looks the same, but what is the difference?

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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