And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV2011)
What do we learn about God? We learn that He exists. Most people already know that. Most people believe there is a God. Even the demons believe there is a God. What they don’t believe is this next part: God is a rewarder. They don’t believe that they will be rewarded if they follow God. They don’t believe it is good for them to obey God. They don’t believe it is in their best interest to live the Christian life.
The Bible teaches that God’s commands are not burdensome.
In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3 (NIV2011)
The word translated burdensome is used six times in the New Testament and it is translated six different ways by the NIV:
Jesus used this word to describe the burdens that the Pharisees put on the people:
They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Matthew 23:4 (NIV2011) [Emphasis added.]
Heavy is the most literal translation of this word. Imagine what a pain it would be to carry a 50 pound sack of flour around. What a pain. Following Jesus is not like that. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. His commands are not burdensome.
He is good. Following Him is good. It is always in our best interest to live the Christian life. You must come to believe it. You must come to love it. You must come to love God and love Christian living. You must come to love the Christian life, or you will never come to live the Christian life.
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