`Tired—– Webster describes it as exhausted by exertion; fatigued, or sleepy.

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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.”

You know the part of this verse that sticks out to me is Learn the unforced rhythms of Grace; The UNFORCED rhythms of grace.

And it’s so funny because it seems as though everytime I turn around I’m hearing about Grace. Like its some type of new discovery, …. And then I started to realize, that Maybe God was trying to speak to me. Maybe he had something he wanted to say to me about Grace. Maybe Grace WAS new to me.

You know growing up in church as a young child (and this is in no way a reflection of my parents teachings) desiring the hear of God, and yearning to please him at a young age, I heard a lot of messages from pastors and teachers on DO and not a lot about LEAN, and DEPEND.

Now don’t get me wrong because I am a firm believer in honoring those that went before us, and those that contributed in the raising up of this last generation. I am grateful, it was good that I learned about the DO’s, and the DON’Ts. As a matter of fact if a lot of us are honest, those kept us out of some situations and kept us from making some horrible decisions.

But sooner or later, my life BECAME Do’s, and Don’ts and I began to think as one who had accomplished good things on my own, and I began fasting at a young age and so in the seasons that I didn’t have the grace to do so, or when I would break a fast, or when I wasn’t perfect (which as you grow older you realize is going to be never) I would try to force myself into these rhythms of a works based religion, that I thought was relationship. And now in this season of my life, God has begun to peal back the layers and the limitations of what I thought I could or had accomplished by my own will.

As my eyes were opened, I realized that if Ephesians 2:8-10 states that it is by Grace that we are saved

You cant even complete the process of Salvation without grace.
Yes you did tell the lord yes at one point in your life and make a decision to walk the narrow way,

But that road is the road and the process of salvation, of God revealing the hidden areas of your heart, hidden areas of selfishness, hidden or ignored areas of laziness, or hidden areas of pain, and you allowing him by the unforced rhythms of grace to guide you, and grace you into a bigger YES.

Look at your neighbor and say You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

So lets look at something else though. You know I realized that I do something….. and it is based upon past, or recent rejection, in some way shape of form. I figure that if I can spot the things that are wrong with me and fix it before my friends do or before God does, then everything will go a lot smoother

This wasn’t me operating in the rhythms of Grace this was me operating in the forced rhythms of religion.

Its like you developing the most atrocious, obvious pimple (anyone could ever be surprised with) on your graduation day (this did happen to someone… and I wont say my name). So… You go to see the dermatologist, but before you sit down, you proceed to tell him/her, “Hey there’s a zit on my face, but I’ve already decided to drink water, and take some cough syrup to get rid of it.

Then you walk off, and proceed to do what you told the doctor you were going to do. ….

These actions, if I’ve learned anything, are forced rhythms of grace.

What if the dermatologist said, “Well actually what you’ve got cant be taken care of by you just drinking water hun….. we’re going to have to put you on some pills that are going to kill this infection from the inside out. See this infection stems from some bad sushi you ate…”

See this infection stems from some rejection you faced in the past… and I’ve got the perfect remedy for it, and I’ll even give you the grace and the ability to walk through this if you’ll just let me.

If you’ll just ? 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.”

In order to learn his unforced rhythms of grace, we’ve got to let go of our forced rhythms of religion, and actually enter into the balancing act of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Where we come to him with the issues in our lives. Where he allows us to place our burdens upon him, and take up HIS burdens. Amen.