As Christians, we always mention that our God is three in One, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) We love Him, we look up to Him, we desire Him, and we seek to learn to be like Him. Somehow, while we make these statements about our life, we also live another life and present Christ in another way – in our flesh.
By the grace of God, I often engage with His children, and can listen to their stories. For whatever reason, many do not reflect what the Word tells us when it says that the Son came to set us free and we are free indeed. (John 8:36) Rather, they are stuck living another kind of three in one – the past, the present, and the future. What do I mean by this?
Are you one of those believers who allow the past to define who you are, and because of it, you live in constant judgement and fear? Are you letting the past stop you from becoming who Jesus says you are and from living out the purpose God has for you?
Are you one of those believers who spends your time catching up on everything, losing your patience, being discontent because of what you do not have, and comparing everything you have with what others have?
Are you one of those believer who is constantly trying to figure out God’s plan? Do you always try to control what happens and worry about what will happen if something does not according to your plans?
I want to help you to picture what this looks like. Have you ever gone grocery shopping or watched someone else go? They typically carry a heavy bag (the past) over their shoulder. They push a shopping cart (the future) trying to avoid hitting anyone. They pick out items (the present) that they think they will need so that they can make the things that they want to make. By the end of their trip they almost always realize they forgot to buy something or missed talking to someone that they bumped into. But the most important thing that is often missing is the presence of the Lord, His blessing, and His rest.
My dear friends, if this is you, have you ever asked the Lord what He wants for you? Is that the life He has for all those who believe in Him? Does He truly mean we can be set free including you and me?
Here is what He wants for you:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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, NIV)