Jesus Teaches Unforced Rhythms of Grace
By Rick Warren
— February 19, 2011
“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 11:29-30 (MSG)
"Where we have been loyal to many things, we become loyal to one: Jesus Christ, our Lord."
Jesus calls us to a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by his constant presence in our lives. As Pastor Rick has been teaching us, we can’t see Christianity is an add-on philosophy to a life we’ve mapped out for ourselves.
Instead, we must see our relationship with Jesus like the man who finds hidden treasure in a field. He reprioritizes his whole life because nothing is as important as buying that field.
We must become like the shopkeeper who finds a rare pearl and realizes everything else he has is unimportant compared to the pearl -- and so he never looks back to the lesser things that once demanded his attention (Matthew 13:44-50). Where we have been loyal to many things, we become loyal to one thing: the person, Jesus Christ.
As Pastor Geoff taught us, when we begin to see things through the eyes of Jesus, our lives are radically changed. Suddenly, we see a cranky spouse as an eternal being we’re called to love. We’ll see an annoying neighbor as someone who matters to Jesus. And that co-worker who seems to have a unique ability to push every one of your buttons, Jesus loves him/her just as much as he loves you.
Jesus uses them to call you into a deeper relationship with him. “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” This is how we learn to be like Christ: “Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”