Jesus says, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." To be disciples of Jesus, we must deny ourselves, our families, and everything we own, even our very lives. Following Jesus would seem to be one of the most challenging quests we can face.
Yet, Jesus also tells us: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
How can both of those teachings be true? First Christ requires us to deny everything, including our own lives. Then he tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. How can his yoke be easy if he requires us to deny everything and carry our cross?
The answer is to be found among the secrets of the Kingdom Life.
Every one of God's commandments was given to us because he loves us, not to add burdens to our lives. Abandoning ourselves to the Kingdom Life is not only a narrow way, but a joyous way as well. For Jesus' yoke to be easy, we need more of Jesus, not less of him.
Secrets of the Kingdom Life was written to make the listener hungry for a deeper walk with Christ. Among other things, Bercot tells the listener how to have a powerful devotional time with God each day and then to remain in communion with God throughout the day. The listener who puts these teachings on prayer, Bible study, reflection, and obedience into action will draw closer to God than ever before. Bercot addresses issues of heart and spirit in a gracious yet convicting way and challenges the listener to make a decisive commitment to live a life totally surrendered to Christ.
©2014 David Bercot (P)2016 Scroll Publishing Company