A Simple Faith in a Complicated World
“Faith is hard,” my friend said – and my heart broke. I don’t believe God intended for it to be difficult. I do believe we have made it so.
Can faith really be simplified? Yes. The world is complicated and we’ve allowed our lives to be overly complicated, but our faith doesn’t have to be.
These are simple beliefs for a profound faith. They fill me with wonder and amazement.
Come to Me, all 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 comfortable, and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Ease and Rest
How often we find ourselves weary and burdened, needing rest. Jesus offers us relief. He invites us to not only lean on Him but also learn from Him. He offers us rest for our being and the deepest part of us, our soul.
As a yoke connects two oxen, Jesus’s yoke connects us to Him and allows us to work in partnership with Him. In that bond of two, we learn to be gentle and humble. Best of all, it is where we find ease and rest.
In times when we feel the weight of the world beginning to crush us, we must pause to see where along the way we became disconnected from this magical yoke. When did striving, anxiety, and fear replaced our gentle and humble heart, and we began to grow weary.
Jesus’ yoke is always available to us.
Accept His invitation and again get reconnected. It is because of our partnership with Him that we find comfort and our burdens are lightened.
Jesus’s offering of words such as rest, comfort, gentle, and humble are not only words for living life, they should define our faith. How quickly faith can become a religion, creating rules and expectations, causing us to feel burdened and weary – rarely feeling easy. Jesus’s yoke is easy. It is comfortable. It is humble and gentle. Those are the words that defines His religion.
Do they define ours?
His yoke is easy.
A conversation among friends
“You look tired,” I said. “Everything ok?”
“I’m feel like I’m working so hard at life…I wish it was easy?”
I smiled. “There’s a big difference between ease and easy. We’ll never have it easy, but we can always be at ease.”
This is an excerpt from, A Simple Faith in a Complicated World, expected to release in Summer of 2022.
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