Christianity has been misunderstood and misrepresented. This has led to some struggling under all sorts of religious bondages in the name of Christianity. What the Bible presents as the life of a believer in Christ is a far cry to many.
The believer will sure have trials and persecutions here and there, that’s expected. How he handles it is the real issue. In trials and persecution we are promised triumph and victory not doom and gloom. Rom 8:37 says, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us”. So even in the face of defeat we are expected to come out smiling.
Don’t settle down in pain and distress and call it suffering for Christ. Don’t remain in tragedy and claim its the will of God. Don’t entertain satan and his works and claim helplessness. Jesus said, Jn. 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. In Christ we have shalom, in the world we shall be confronted by trials and tribulations but Christ said we should be at peace because he has ALREADY defeated the brain behind them all. This is our confidence.
What I’m really addressing here is the yoke of religious burdens that some carry around and live in an endless circle of do, do, do religion to please God.
Our stand in the world may be challenged by satan but it is the rest and assurance we have in the relationship and walk with our father that supplies us the impetus to breeze through the enemies darts unhurt.
The walk with God is easy, effortless and enjoyable. If you don’t know this you will struggle as a Christian to please God and your failures will hamper how you deal with the challenges of life. You will have doubts about your relationship with your father and therefore won’t be bold to confront the issues of life squarely. This is why i wrote this post. Rest in what Christ has done and see yourself rule and reign in this life effortlessly.
We begin the christian walk by faith in the finished works of christ and continue by same faith. The just shall live by faith. We do not start by faith and later switch to our power and might.
See Galatians 3:1-5 Living Bible (TLB)
3 Oh, foolish Galatians! What magician has hypnotized you and cast an evil spell upon you? For you used to see the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death as clearly as though I had waved a placard before you with a picture on it of Christ dying on the cross. 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by trying to keep the Jewish laws? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you heard about Christ and trusted him to save you. 3 Then have you gone completely crazy? For if trying to obey the Jewish laws never gave you spiritual life in the first place, why do you think that trying to obey them now will make you stronger Christians? 4 You have suffered so much for the Gospel. Now are you going to just throw it all overboard? I can hardly believe it!
5 I ask you again, does God give you the power of the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you as a result of your trying to obey the Jewish laws? No, of course not. It is when you believe in Christ and fully trust him.
It is foolishness to try to please God with good works. While it is good to be good, we do not use our goodness as a bargain chip to court God’s attention. Cain tried to but failed. God is pleased with you that’s why you do good, you don’t do good in order to please him. He is pleased with you because of what Christ did on the cross not because of what you’re trying to do now.
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG) hits the nail on the head.
28-30 “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.”
When you try to impress God with your religiosity it only stinks in his nose. It only places you in a bad position of competing endlessly for what you already have. Imagine someone trying to enter a room he is in already. That’s what it is when you’re trying to make God love you.
Now, Jesus is calling you to leave that bondage, that religion that has stolen away your life. That ill fitting life style to wears you aware. Stay with Jesus and enjoy a smooth effortless ride in the Christian walk.
Why Christianity is Difficult to Some
- Wrong teachings
- Wrong believing
- Ignorance of who they are in Christ
- Ignorant of who Christ is
- Ignorance of what Christ did for them
- Ignorance of what Christianity really is
- Don’t know they are forgiven
- Don’t know they are righteous
- Still under the law
Now see my reason below why the Christian walk should not be a struggle but a rest.
- It’s by grace (Eph.2:5-9; Rom.4:1-5) not power and might so no one will boast.
- Jesus said it is easy (Matt.11:28,29) why are we making it hard?
- The yoke and burden of Christ is easy (Matt 11:28-30) don’t something else.
- God is working in you (Phil.2:13; 2Cor.3:5; Col. 1:29). It’s the father working it all out through you. Yours is to yield.
- You’re empowered by the spirit (Lk.24:49; Acts 1:8) to walk the christian walk. It’s never your power. Just yield.
- It’s your nature (2Pet.1:4). The christian life is you. Its not what you’re trying to be. Thats why its easy. If a woman is trying to be a woman she’ll only get herself frustrated. Many are frustrated because they are trying to be who they already are.
- You’re free (Col.2:13-15). Free to enjoy your father, God.
- Not under the law (Rom.6:14; Rom. 7:1-6). Serving God under the law is not just difficult, its impossible. That’s why all the old Testament da
- saints couldn’t make heaven until Jesus shed his blood
- No more condemnation (Jn.3:17; Rom.8:1, 33-34). Condemnation ties us in guilt and bondage that we can’t freely worship.
- Our oneness with him (Eph.5:30; Eph.1:22-23). So who he is, you are.
- Christianity is written on our hearts (Heb.8:10-12). You’re programmed to do it effortlessly.
- What our high priest is doing (Heb.9:24; Heb. 7:22-27; Heb. 4:14-16)
True Christianity is truly effortless. Escape from religion and come into true rest. If you try to do it yourself you will struggle but if you allow him do it through you you will find it effortless.