Refocusing the Future

     The gospel of Jesus professes a lifestyle that is a radical shift from the modern day "normal" lifestyle, most specifically in America. Being a Christian is not commonplace, easy or mediocre. The gospel takes common worldly behaviors and translates them completely different from what the world considers to be normal and right. 

     Jesus was bothered by meaningless and distracting clutter.  People had lost their focus. Jesus said that the problem with the law was that it put heavy burdens upon the people that were hard to bear, and lays these burdens on men's shoulders. The law was complicated, complex and difficult to uphold. 

     If anyone knows "simple", it was Jesus. He stepped into a complicated and polluted religious scene. It was cluttered with Sadducees, Pharisees, Herodians, Zealots, and Essenes. He did not play by their rules, and He could not stand their hypocrisy. He preferred spending time with tax collectors and sinners. In Matthew 23 Jesus confronted the leaders of spiritual hypocrisy and complexity. He told the Pharisees that they were like a "fancy cup that is dirty". Everything looked good on the outside, but inwardly everything was disgusting. Just like many churches today. The clutter can often make things look okay, even good. The busyness is a great disguise for the lack of life. The complexity can be a great cover-up. 

     Remember what Jesus said was the ultimate victory for our lives. "Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden and burdened and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28–30).