The idea of being universally liked by many has become a pandemic for many young people. We, as millenials, often feel feelings of dissatisfaction and discontentment because there’s still “something” out there that we have yet to explore.
If I am honest I have lived much of my life to be liked. I correlated my identity with how much I could do for the world and be recognized for it. My happiness was premised off how others would perceive me and ultimately my life goals, though spiritual and uplifting in nature, were dedicated in getting people to like me for the things I did for them. Life was a journey of piling up godly goals, spiritual endeavors, and church reformation frenzies.
I used to wholeheartedly believe that, in order to be the hands of feet of God as well as be surrendered and obedient as a Christian, I was to be the very work of God in other peoples lives. This, brethren, is exhausting.
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
A yoke is worn by farm animals working the plow and is known to be a heavy piece of wood. Yet Jesus utilizes this example of how we can find rest and peace in him when we set ourselves to learn from and submit ourselves to his teaching.
A yoke does not sound pleasant, nor does it sound easy to pull. But it is, and it should be. The paradox implies that we are to choose to hold ourselves to the straight and narrow path that often restricts us from many other things. In that, however, doing the work of God is not a burden nor should it feel like it. Why? God does the work and we simply walk it out. The work on calvary was done and finished and Christ simply asks those who would answer the call of salvation to come and follow him. As we follow him, the kingdom of God will continue to come find its way on an Earth so needing the redemption of our King Jesus.
God has made a way and it is finished; I live my life in light of the reality that God has accomplished all that has needed to be accomplished. I come in as a sinner made whole and a beneficiary of the goodness of God.
In light of all this, doing the will of God and setting ourselves to his teachings are things we don’t have to strive or work for. Salvation is gladly given and the gifts of the Good Father are freely given to those that would believe; this is paramount for us, as Christians, to understand and live by.