I’ve come to the last chapter of 1 John in my lectio divina study, and here’s what stands out for me:
“…his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3b
Many worldly people believe that to become a Christian, to submit to God’s will, would impact their life in a negative way. How boring to spend free time reading the Bible, praying, and going to worship services! How dull to be barred from behaviors that our society considers acceptable! Life would not be fun at all!
When our children were young, we tried to stress the truth that following God’s rules was not meant to be a punishment, but would make our lives easier. We might miss out on some momentary “fun” but the rewards were far more important. We would have better relationships, a support group in our church family, peace during difficult circumstances, and more. Better yet, at the end of our lives, we would not have too many regrets.
In the book of Matthew Christ tells us:
“ 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.”
That yoke is really simple, in fact it boils down to one word: love. Love God and love one another. The more you practice love, the easier it will be. And the rewards are great.
23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.” Romans 6:23
For more about obedience see these posts:
A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson — Book Review