People today are living in bondage, they are slaves to their addictions, slaves of their fears and worries, and they are slaves of the system of the world. I personally walked through this road 10 years ago when I believed that God’s love for me depended heavily on my love for Him. I tried and tried my best to please Him, to follow His commandments until I expected the sacrifices and my hard work to come back to me and reward me. When the blessings don’t come (or is disproportionate to the hard work I displayed), I get angry at The Lord even to the point that at times I really have walked out on Him.
It didn’t take a while for my life to crumble down to a depressive slope; and to carry my new found disillusionment that God is not real. What I didn’t realize at that time was that I had everything in reverse. I thought that I love God that’s why God SHOULD love me and that I do good so that God SHOULD reward me. Now this is the biggest error or I would say the biggest lie that drove me to the peak of my bondage of depression and meaninglessness. There I was, a miserable wretch angry at life and angry at God and feeling sorry for myself. I can still recall vividly, it was in 2006 when Jesus Christ found me.
“I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
I cannot believe what my heart was hearing because I’ve been seeing this verse ever since I learned to read (but it never sunk to my heart). With my spirit and body resonating to the voice inside me, I opened the Bible to make sure that I got the words right. Then I heard this gentle voice say once again: “I AM THE WAY. I AM THE TRUTH. I AM THE LIFE.” I believe I just heard My Shepherd’s voice talking to me, guiding me, and loving me. He uses His gentle love to restore me and then it hit me; the revelations were so fast that my so-called brain couldn’t put words to it: JESUS IS.
No wonder Jesus kept using His title as The ‘I AM’ several times in the Gospels. He IS the answer to everything. It is not my half-baked sacrifices, it is not my good works (which are only good because I thought they were good for me), it is not my performance in this life (which in Bible standards warrants only death); the whole Bible, my whole life, our whole life, all of creation, the whole universe are all about Jesus! This IS the truth that I was searching for my whole life and this is the truth that Jesus has been telling us ever since He walked on earth.
We are not blessed because we love God, we are blessed because God loves us! We don’t have to fight the devil anymore because Jesus has already conquered him and Jesus has already conquered everything through the cross! Jesus Christ, literally, set us free. Now we are free to love one another, we are free to worship Him without guilt and we are free to call God: “Father!”
Read the Bible and know more about The Truth who is a person called Jesus Christ. Let Him love you. Let Him guide you. Let Him set you free.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”–Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:30)