Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)
Many Christians are worn out trying to live the Christian life. They’re trying to produce fruit, trying to do the right thing, trying to live up to the standard. But it’s just not happening. They feel like yo-yos – up one day, down the next. When they fail to perform they promise to try harder and then they fail again. Eventually they just quit trying.
And that’s when Real Life can begin!
Here’s the good news: Only One person ever lived the Christian life and it wasn’t you. Christ is your life. He wants to live his life through you so stop trying and start trusting. You can work or you can rest but more gets done when you rest.
Life is not meant to be a series of mountain-highs and valley-lows. You are seated in heavenly place with Christ! Religion would have you climb Mount Sinai and impress Jesus with your performance. But he wants to impress you with his.
Religion says “Do! Do! Do!” but grace declares “It’s done! Done! Done!”
If you’re worn out, burned out, or just plain fed up, then you’ve come to the right place. What you misdiagnose you mistreat so let’s start by diagnosing the problem. Take a look at the table below. The posts listed in the left column will help you identify the source of your frustration. Then when you’re ready to throw open the windows and let in a little fresh air, check out the posts on the right. The good news of God’s grace will change your life!
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If you want to know a little about my story, read this: How well did I understand grace before I understood grace?
We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. (Rom 5:2, MSG)