Hello SPV Fam, it was so good to see all of you last weekend and I look forward to being with you again in just a couple of weeks.
If you read the fine print of my contract, you’ll see that I am contractually obligated to preach/do a lesson on Matthew 11:28-30 at least once a year so here it goes:
"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.””
If you know me at all then you know one of my most ardent beliefs and convictions is that following Jesus and living a life of faith shouldn’t be “heavy” or burdensome and if it is, then there’s a really good chance we’re doing it wrong. Now that doesn’t mean life itself won’t be “heavy” or a burden on occasion (at the very least) if not regularly. But I firmly believe the way of Jesus, although challenging at times, should never be the source of your fatigue. In fact, Jesus is saying that if we follow/keep company with him, that we will learn from him how to live lives that are free & light. He didn’t say “completely free of all trouble”, but that “forced rhythms of grace” are available to us as we navigate the worries and troubles life throws at us.
I pray each of us would both walk and work with Jesus and learn how he does it.
Much love & unforced rhythms of grace to you all,