8.19.17 – Mat 11:28-30

Our grandson is staying with us this weekend and brought his bicycle with him. He was anxious to show us how fast he could go. He indeed had learned to ride it fast. Watching him I was brought back to my own childhood and the thought of affixing cards to my bike to mimic the sound of an engine. So I fixed him up and soon he was tearing down the street with the “roar” of the cards hitting the spokes at a fevered pitch. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The simple things still hold true.
Earlier this week I was privy to a conversation about religion. Viewpoints were being exchanged about doctrine and the other tenants of religion. Mind you these were all Christians yet the differences being discussed were present. I made a comment about not being a fan of religion and was met with questions. On the surface many would say I am a religious person. I completely understand that comment. So in a nutshell my explanation is usually, a relationship with Jesus has nothing to do with religion. That is where salvation starts and stops so anything apart from this begins to become extraneous. Religion takes the word of God and tends to mold and shape it in ways that were never intended. My point here is that I’ve heard so many heartbreaking stories about how RELIGION has pushed or kept people I know and love away from knowing Jesus. Why bring someone into Church and then start Nickel and Diming them on their actions, especially when we all have stuff we need to work on. That has never been our “job”. An introduction to Jesus is what we are called to do. He will then do the work from the inside out. I’ll say it again, The more things change, the more they stay the same. The simple things still hold true. A relationship with Jesus is just that! Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”