May 26, 2015
To be at ease.
How? When things are not coming together.
How? When people are not happy with you.
How? When you have so much more left to do.
How? When there are circumstances beyond your control.
How? When you need a bit more time, resources or maybe even encouragement.
How? When the decisions are not simply black and white.
It is only Christianity, the relationship with the sacrificial Creator, that beckons us to rest, relax, enjoy, and be at ease.
Religions ask us to do, to do "in order that." There is no "in order that" in Christianity.
We like "in order that." Why? Because it involves me. Religion is "in order that" I can do this, I can be that, I can think this. Let me do this "in order that" I can, I can, I can.
The relationship with Jesus is a "result of" what He did. There is nothing that refers to me or you. This is the rub. This is the turn off. I want me, me, me, me, me. But, but, but, I - I call out.
Rest without working for it? You have to be kidding. This is called freeloading, loafing, maybe even taking advantage.
To be at ease because of someone else seems, well, lazy.
To relax because of someone else seems, well, irresponsible.
To enjoy because of someone else seems, well, presumptuous.
To rest because of someone else seems, well, not right, ok?!
This is the gospel.