God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. You deserve it. My awesome kids made me breakfast and gave me a gift card to a local health food store. I love when kids do the cooking. Who else is going to give you cookies for breakfast!?
I glanced through my journal this morning, and I found an entry in which I’d recorded a really uplifting time I had in prayer. It was sort of a conversation, and I’d like to share it with you.
I was feeling like the world was about to collapse on my head. I had a stack of papers to grade that I hadn’t even touched. I was considering several huge projects that needed tackling, knowing I must, throwing myself ahead exhausted, not knowing what to do first. Not expecting to do a good job on any of them. Meanwhile, the kids needed my attention and I had nothing to give. I felt like a terrible mother, and worst of all God felt very distant. So I prayed.
“Lord, please help me. I’m so tired, but I can’t rest. There’s too much to do. And I’m sinking.” (I know – I’m a bit of a drama queen!)
The Holy Spirit brought this verse to mind: “Come unto Me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” (Matt. 11:28-30)
“Believe that in Me, you are pure and holy – sanctified by My cleansing word and the atonement for your sins, which I provided at the cross. You can approach every task with the joy and peace of knowing you have been declared not guilty. You are doing your work perfectly, because in Me you are holy and acceptable. This is true freedom.
“The heavy burden and the ill-fitting yoke are the lie that you are not quite forgiven, that you must do something to add to My finished work on the cross. I hate it when My children believe this lie. It weighs them down and ruins their joy. It paralyzes them.
“In Me, you can move ahead with whichever task you like, trusting Me to guide you. When you walk by faith, everything you do is perfect, loving, and fulfills the Law, none of which you could do without Me. That is the easy yoke and the light burden – your sins forgiven, and My life expressed through you.”
What a relief to know that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to our account, quite apart from our efforts. Every moment, God hands us a new, fresh start. We don’t have to carry that heavy, guilty burden. We are free to love.