When Jesus invited us to carry His yoke, what did He mean? Listen as pastor Andrew Farley joins Susie to talk about taking on the easy burden of Jesus.
Andrew challenges us to ask ourselves – do we really believe the gospel message?
“If we really believe the good news, it relaxes us. You’re totally forgiven, you’re totally accepted, you’re deeply loved – what’s not to like about that?”
Sometimes we fall into the formula mindset. Andrew shares how he got into such a place of striving that he was failing out of college, getting fired from jobs, and losing all sense of joy. Deep down, he was seeking God’s approval even though in Christ, he already had it. “It’s no longer about Christ, but about what we’re doing for Christ – and it’s a subtle deception. Basically I had to ask God to replace my own thoughts and start over.”
Andrew and Susie explore
• The disconnect between striving and the fruit of the Spirit.
• What it means for God to work in us “to will and to do His good pleasure.”
• How God deconstructs our man-made religion.
• The danger of embracing our “new creation” identity while still living in condemnation.
Andrew issues a call for us to examine our hearts and experience that true rest in God.
“We’ve got tough questions to ask, and I think when we get to the right answers the truth really does set us free. Our heart is new – Christ cleaned house, and then He moved in. The flesh wants to sin but the heart doesn’t. A lot of us think grace is a synonym for mercy and forgiveness. But really grace is for the every day.”
Andrew’s book is Relaxing with God.
Theme Song: A Long Way Home by Steven Curtis Chapman