Can You Live The Christ Life?
Were you lied to as newborn Christian? I was...let me explain.
You are a Christian, right? So, Can you live the Christ life? Well I guess I want
to get a little more involved than that. I want to ask you if you can live the
Christ life by your own effort!
If you're like me, you were probably brought up in a Church where the pastor told
you every Sunday how you were supposed to act. He probably told you that you needed
to do such and such in order to be a "good Christian".
And what if that stuff was hard to do? If you had a problem with a certain sin,
what was the advice that you received. How was it recommended that you go about the
subject of "living the Christian life"? If your early Christian education was like
mine you were lied to!
The way to success I was told was through willpower. Grittin' the teeth and whatnot
and just to "buckle down and do something for God". No matter how uncomfortable it
may of seemed.
And uncomfortable it was! Are you still with me? I'm sure I'm not the only one that
found the burdens of Christianity hard to live with. What could be heavier than the
burden of a God that was displeased with your level of performance? Nothing comes
to mind for me. Why then does the Bible say this in Matthew 11:29-31:
"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.