We were designed to live life light and free. The truth is however, we often go through our day-to-day life trying to take care of everything ourselves, which causes us to be worried and heavily burdened. If we carry our sins, unforgiveness, shame, bitterness, worries and pain we will eventually lose all our joy and become very unhappy people.
We were designed to be in close relationship with God though we often try to perform for God and people. We become perfectionists, so that when we follow all the rules we are elated and when we fail we become despondent. Performance keeps us from intimacy with God and we will eventually lose our joy and become very unhappy people.
Under the Old Covenant God offered the people a choice; obey His commands and live, or disobey and die (Deuteronomy 28). However in the New Covenant Paul said it is through the abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness that we reign in life (Romans 5:17). When we receive Jesus, we receive life, the life from the beginning. We receive God’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).
Before, our righteousness depended on our performance; now, our righteousness depends on Jesus’s performance at the Cross which was perfect. That is why the writer of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament said that Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry, a better covenant (Hebrews 8:6).
It is not that we stop facing obstacles and challenges, we are now able to soar over them. We know that we have an advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). We can come boldly to the throne room of God in time of need (Hebrews 4:16) and receive His grace, mercy, power, peace, comfort, and the joy of the Lord which is our strength (Psalm 28:7).
Jesus said “Come unto Me”. He did not say “go figure it out yourself”, “ask everyone else” or “try harder.” Jesus said “Come unto Me.” He said “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life (Matthew 11:28, The Message).”
Jesus promises when we come to Him He will cause us to rest. When we walk with Him and work with Him, we learn ‘the unforced rhythms of grace.’ Jesus promises that He will show us how to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:29-30).
When we simply believe and receive Jesus and His finished work at the Cross, we can come to a place of supernatural rest. It is in this rest on the inside that we receive everything that Jesus’s death and resurrection has won for us. We will live lightly and freely, and flourish in every area of life.
Romans 5:17 - “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”