Following God is too hard

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome.”  1 John 5:3.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 33-34, Psalm 74, and I John 5.

I did a double-take the first time I read today’s verse.

Why?  It was the thought that doing what God wants is NOT burdensome.

I thought about reactions to Christians.  Be public about your faith and things can get difficult.  Ridicule.  Job loss.  Embarrassment.   Those are certainly burdensome!

Of course, if I’d remembered Jesus saying that “His burden was light” I would have done a better job with the meaning.

The underlying part to this is that my love for God must be in place.  William Barclay explains that if you really love someone, their requests are not burdensome.  You want to do them.

Two points to be made: (1) Do I love God enough? and (2) Is my love being transmitted into my midst?

If I don’t love God enough I will not be motivated to do whatever He wants me doing.

If I love God I will love others as He tells me to love them.

Plenty of food for thought for me.  I claim to belong to God but am I really letting Him control me?  Too often my behavior betrays my assumptions of a closeness to Him.

Doing what God wants should be the natural behavior of the Godly.  It can’t be contrived or it’s not of God.  It’s just me trying to godlessly be Godly.  It is phoniness personified.  I must do better in His strength.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  There are so many direct hits on me that are instructional.  I want to please You and so often fail at it.  Forgive me for a contrived relationship to You.  If I love You as I should I will love others as I should.  There can’t be any contriving in either of those two.  Help me to see myself as You see me.  I want my life to be right with You.  Guide me, I beg.”

Is being Godly difficult for you?  Could be that you don’t love God enough?  Fall in love with Him and see what happens.

 

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