7549 - Commands not Burdensome


Audio transcript

Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s word together. We’ll be talking about “His commands are not burdensome.”

This subject comes up as we look at 1 John chapter 5, verse 3. It reads, “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

Many Christians would agree with the first thought in this verse, “This is love for God: to obey his commands.” Many people tell us that they want to obey, but as often as they try, they often meet failure as they compromise. To them they carry heavy loads and they have stumbled over sin more than once.

But this verse has good news. It says God’s commands are not burdensome.

Let’s open God’s word and find God’s plan for keeping his commands from being burdensome.

The open secret is that Christians are not expected to live the Christian life in their own strength. Jesus Christ lives in every believer and He can shepherd us through every trial and temptation. In fact Trinity God resides within us and works His mighty power in us so that we will desire to obey and then to be given strength and power to accomplish what He wants us to do (Phil. 2:12; Eph. 3:20).

Jesus tells us in John 15:5: “If a [person] remains in me and I in Him he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.” Did you notice that last phrase, ‘apart from me you can do nothing?’

That’s where much frustration appears. When a believer tries to accomplish something that’s good in their own limited strength, they will fail in their attempt.

Friend, it’s been said that the Christian life is not difficult, its impossible, in our own power. The only one who can live the Christian life is Jesus. So we need to trust and depend upon him every moment of every day, to live His supernatural life in and through us.

Let’s check out some affirming scriptures.

2 Corinthians 1:21 tells us: “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:24 reads: “The One who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” And this is speaking about keeping our entire being — our body, soul and spirit — blameless until the end.

Many people quote Philippians 1:6 (kj): “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

We see, once again, that God’s requirements are not burdensome because Jesus Christ is the one who shepherds the project to completion.

Many are the Scriptures, which mention God as the one to see it through. For example in Acts 15:12 we find: “The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.”

And Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:5: “Not that we are competent to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

And in Romans 15:18 Paul writes: “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done. You see, Christ used Paul but He accomplished the victory.

These many Scriptures show us why God’s commands are not burdensome, and its because we are the containers of the living God and He it is who does the work. It is our task to be available, to trust and cooperate with Him.
That doesn’t mean that we will be sinlessly perfect on earth. Because of our lower nature and the persistence of our enemy, Satan, we will occasionally stumble, but may we always quickly confess, repent and receive His forgiveness and cleansing.

That’s the way for us to demonstrate our love to God, by obeying, in trusting and depending upon Him.