The Olympics are a celebration of human strength. Check out the exertion and strain exerted by Usain Bolt as he won the 100-meter dash yesterday. It reminds many that through physical and mental exertion, we can achieve much.
Disconnected from the Spirit, we are left with brute strength and we are often deceived into thinking we are doing fine when in fact, we were not designed to function outside of the Spirit, the same way a branch cannot survive without connection to the tree.
When He said “without me you can do nothing” Jesus is effectively saying anything we do without Him is nothing compared to what is possible and is nothing in the Creator’s eyes.
Christ stepped into our world and did not break a sweat as He did the feats we still marvel at, until He took our place at the cross. Some would consider Him totally laid back. He shocks our world because we equate being laid back with lack of results yet this man delivers results that stagger reason. This is one of the reasons I have decided to pursue Him till I draw my last breath and to make Christlikeness my primary objective.
Jesus gave us His secret – intentional, total surrender to God. Surrender has been cornered and diluted by religion but it is evident in nature. Flowers are in total surrender. I love the absence of strain in Christ. I love what He did not do while He walked our planet, yet we have not matched His results of 3 years in terms of addressing real human issues. He invites us out of our labor and toil into a life of grace and beauty. Yes, there will be persecutions from religious and non-religious circles when we choose Christ but I love the grace and effortlessness that characterized His escapes from death, not to talk of His acts.
I love love this statement by Jesus
“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.”
Christ invites us to the unforced rhythms of grace, not to religion and not to humanism. The grace and beauty of God that manifests at work and at play as well as in acts of worship.