“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 NASB)
When I read this passage I can’t help but believe we fallen humans too often make our faith walk with Jesus more difficult than it really needs to be. Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden is light, yet when we get ahold of it, we add so much unnecessary weight to the gospel that it’s hardly recognizable as the life-imparting message Christ preached.
My desire is for Christ to change me from the inside out. I want to be transformed by Christ into a new person. There is no amount of will I can exert that will inspire such change … It is purely a gift of His grace. It is a gift that will impact my outward behaviors … my speech and actions … but those externals will be a mere reflection of the change that will first begin deep inside my heart.
I’ve been fooled in the past by the lie that a mere change of behavior, a white-washing so to speak, would somehow cleanse me on the inside. This change was all dependent on my own effort to be better or to act better. That sort of change all depends on my own strength rather than Christ’s. And it stands in stark contrast to the change he can deliver to my innermost spirit:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. (Matthew 23:25-26 NASB)
When we quit trying to save ourselves and stop being content with a slightly better version of ourselves and submit ourselves to the transforming power of Christ, we start to realize that the change He desires in us is far greater than anything we could imagine and realize on our own. This is the transformation I am hungry for.
Prayer: Change me My Savior, for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Clean me from the inside out as Your Word promises only You can. Remove the burden that I inflict upon myself by living in my strength rather than Yours.