“ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That’s how it goes in the King James translation.
Now. let’s compare it with the Message Bible. "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.
I like that translation, don’t you? One place in the scripture the Bible says, “There remains a rest to the people of God.”
Do you know what the bottom line is for those Scriptures? Get out of religion, and into real Christianity.
It’s so easy to get into religious trappings. Do this. Don’t do that. Here’s how to be a believer in twelve easy steps, etc. But, really, the best way, and the only way, as far as the Bible is concerned, that you and I are to live in this world with assurance of the next world is, “Get Jesus to take over your life, and simply stop trying so hard to be a Christian.”
You know what? There’s not one thing that you and I can do to earn salvation. Not one thing! It’s Jesus! That’s the key that opens the door to eternal life!
We can go to church, Read our Bibles. Pray three times a day. Give 10% of our income to God. Reach out to suffering humanity each day. And a dozen other religious exercises, but if we don’t have Jesus living in our hearts as our Lord and Savior, we’ve missed the whole thing!
“He that has the Son, has life. He that has not the Son of God, has no life, whatsoever!”
It’s just that simple.
Now, when we have Jesus living inside of us as a personal Lord and Savior, we certainly will go to church. Read our Bibles. Pray three times a day. Give 10% of our income to God. Reach out to suffering humanity each day, and do a dozen other spiritual exercises; however, it won’t be our effort, at all, the motivation for all that will be Jesus
“My yoke is easy. My burden is light,” Jesus said. When we try to do it, it’s impossible. But we can do everything we ought to do, if Jesus helps us.
It’s like trying to drive a car without having any gas in it! I’m just telling you, you won’t get very far. But with Jesus empowering you to live a Godly life, there’s all the difference in the world.
Some people start out their experience with God with Jesus, and then, for whatever reason, revert back to trying to live without His help. They slip right back into religion again!
“If we live after the flesh, we die,” according to the Bible. “If we live after the spirit, we live”.
Jesus died for us on the cross. He was buried. The third day, He rose from the dead.
He’s very much alive today; He wants to live in your heart as your Lord and Savior. He has made a way for you to live forever!
Heaven is a place where there’s no death. No sorrow. No more tears. And no more pain! If that’s where you’d like to be for all eternity, it’s yours for the asking. He’s knocking at the door of your heart right now. Is there any good reason why you couldn’t just go over to the door, and invite Him in? I mean, NOW!
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