He restores my soul.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
In His sermon by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus told His followers to not be obsessed about food or clothing. He pointed out the birds and the flowers to illustrate how God feeds and arrays them. He reminded us that we are more important to God than those fragile and beautiful creations. We are created in His image, and we are new creations in Christ.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
He was our example of seeking God’s will in all things. “I can do nothing on my own, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30, 6:38
He told us to take each day one at a time, ask for and receive His daily bread, for there are struggles enough for one day without putting future problems on our hearts.
In addition, Jesus gave us a New Covenant. While He told us not to forget the Old Covenant commands God handed to Moses, this New Covenant relieves us of additional requirements written by men, and places these first ten laws upon our hearts.
We must attend to more than the outward appearance of loving God. We must erase all desire to covet. We must seek to find joy in what we have so there is never a desire for other people or things. We must authentically love others as ourselves. We must seek to honor God in all areas of our lives.
Yet, we continue to forever pile up laws, requirements and burdens for ourselves that tempt and prod our boundaries. They cause doubt in the burden Jesus gave us. These self-imposed burdens chain us to our own limitations when Christ already set us free.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
When we exchange our burdens for Christ’s, we are refreshed with His grace, His breath of life. We love because He loves us. We extend mercy because He grants tender mercies every day. We are patient because His is infinitely patient. We trust because He is faithful. We do so not under our own power, but because we abide in the Holy Spirit’s power. By this, we don’t become children of God; we show we are children of God.
We reflect His light and love to others, and glorify His name when we begin and end our day refreshed by His word. We acknowledge His comfort and forgiveness when we stumble. We move forward, taking heart in lessons learned. We become a window to the peace, acceptance and freedom available through His saving grace.
Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another. John 13:35