How freeing are the words in this book which point back to the truth in God’s word that what will fill us at the end of the day, is not something we chase after to achieve — but have already been given.
The title and subtitles are what I have been seeking for so long. I believe and “feel” strongly about them, yet everything else around and within me seem to tell me otherwise, or prove to undermine the simplicity of what Jesus mirrored for us. In some eerie way — for most of my Christian journey — I have found myself conforming to that of the Pharisee behaviors than of embracing the messy-but-willing-to-learn attitude of a true disciple.
If anything is gross, confusing, remotely sin-like, would look off, hurt my reputation, make me feel awkward (I could keep going)…I would get this heavy urge to RUN FOR THE HILLS. And most of the time did. Life isn’t exactly like that these days. God has brought me through a series of events and put people in my life and walked with me through circumstances which has loosened me up a bit.
I love The Burden is Light because Jon shines the light on what happens when we:
- Try to take life into our own hands (assuming we have control)
- Create the illusion of discipleship but without the obedience
- Try to scheme in our own strength
- Elevate our doings and achievements over our relationship with God himself (and others)
- Think we have to conform the world (but forget to love it)
- Thinks not “too much of oneself” but “thinks of oneself too much”
- Holds back in our devotion to the Lord rather than “breaking the whole bottle” like Mary who anointed Jesus feet
Quote Love ♥
“When we measure things only by their ability to produce results and not for their intrinsic worth, the world is flattened into one dimension and beauty and delight are squeezed out.”
> I think this quote spoke especially to my heart when it comes to creating things. We love creating and sharing — but we’ll lose that innocent love and worship through it if we focus on the outcomes and opinions rather than on what we offered up to the Lord, and those we serve.
“Mary’s devotion is challenging to my reserved spiritual nature.”
“There is more power in a moment of passion than in a lifetime of mediocrity.”
> Because sometimes all it takes is one bold move to realize we’ve been believing a lie (or extremely comfy at best) our whole life…
“Jesus was so moved by Mary’s passion that he wanted it shared alongside the Gospel through out the world. “Truly I tell you, where ever the Gospel is preached throughout th world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
> She broke the mold when it came to worship. She didn’t concern herself with what the world deemed important (hastily doing dishes, standing there looking sharp in front of people etc…)
“The Gospel points us inward to repentance, not outward to critique.”
“Jesus looked past behaviors to see the people behind them.”
“The Pharisees cared about enforcement. Jesus cared about people.”
“We can drive a wedge of mercy between the accuser and the accused.”
“He freed me of the weight of having to judge the world.”
> This one made me break down in fat tears.
“Root of pride = God-free self determination.”
Jon talked a bit about how Satanism is not all evil and ugly like some would think. From a Satanist himself, Jon found out it is more about loving self number one over anything else. That was eye opening to me. Jon talked about how Satan rebelled from authority to the point, “He would rather be king of Hell than serve in Heaven.” It was a powerful chapter.
I think the lie doesn’t start out so bad and that’s why it’s easy to fall for it. Like in the Garden of Eden, a half truth which was presented…so it is with slow fades. We start on the right path but somewhere in there we start to put things above our Maker and actually people and before you know it…”Rather than becoming like God we end up as distorted caricatures of our wants and whims, or as Jurgen Moltman says, ‘The person who loses God makes a god out of himself. And in this way a human becomes a proud + unhappy mini-god.’ “
“God wrote himself into the human story to do for us what we were incapable of doing ourselves.”
> Though we strive to make ourselves worth his coming down, I think, sometimes. But as I say in the Reboot Course for Faith Bloggers, “God is God because of him, not because of us. We are saved because of Him, not because of us. And this is why it is all a miracle.”
“Encouragement is to put courage into someone.”
My 2 Favorite Stories:
Jon shared fascinating stories, one of which an artist sat in a chair and gave people 4 minutes of pure silent, undivided attention. This artist did this with thousands of people. No one would talk at all. What they came to find was that many people would break down crying. It was held in New York City, were the hustle and bustle never stopped. He learned through this, that people are desperate for attention. They crave real relationship. They want to know someone cares. In this chapter particularly he sheds light on what happens when we “turn aside to pay attention,” as Moses did when he finally noticed the burning bush. And Jesus also, “turned aside,” to notice people.
I find it amazing that in Jesus journey, more of than not — the importance was not in the destination but in who God put in his path along the way. Of course where he was going was important, but had he not been willing to embrace the interruptions and have compassion, the destination would not have been the same.
Jon shares an awesome story by Bob Goff where he makes a limo driver get out of the front seat and he switches role on him to honor the guy. It broke my heart in a good way. What would happen if we went a bit further and reached out to the ones right in front of us, and in an “unreasonable way,” as he states it (where we get weird looks because our love is extreme). I know about this extreme love. A couple of bloggers have done this very thing for me in some really hard times. I can’t tell you how powerful a gesture, sacrificing time, or doing something uncommon can touch a person’s life.
The Most Convicting Story:
Jon told a story about his wife being honest with him about how he was trying to compartmentalize his relationships into perfectly boxed planner squares. She said, ‘You can not put love and relationships into a carefully managed schedule and think you have loved people well. Love is messy — it bleeds outside of your designated boundaries and requires more. Living in an inefficient manner isn’t sin, but neglecting your core relationships is. You’re in danger of saving the whole city but losing our souls,” (they had church planted in NYC).
> Type A personalities (or any other) like me need to be cautious of idolizing our needs and styles. Sometimes what hurts to hear is the best thing for us though. We get stretched and molded to look more and more like Jesus.
We make it so hard to love people, but it’s simple really. Jesus did the hard work and now we get to reap the benefit. I think we get hung up because he said the work wasn’t finished, that we continue it on…but we forget his work was loving people and forgiving them so they could know they had another chance.
How can we live lightly? We can lay aside so many things which seem important but really aren’t in the grand scheme of things. We see how the burden is light when we choose to put others first. We relinquish control and stop getting worn out from trying to guide ourselves to perfection and results. We say, “We are yours, Father.”
“A NYC pastor and global influencer inspires readers to find their most meaningful and purposeful life. Surprising to many, this life is not measured by success, comparison, or accolades. Rather, free and joyful living stems from a God-centered celebration of our union with Christ and the lives of those around us.
Jon Tyson’s exploration of the reverse economy of the kingdom frees his readers from merit-based living…not just in terms of salvation, but daily, earthly value. Life is not meant to be a series of competitions or a survival of the fittest rat race. Yet so many of the messages around us, so many of the voices bombarding our hearts and minds tie up our value and package it with our accolades.
This book gives another way forward. It shows readers how to value their individual lives based on what God says about them, rather than how they measure themselves against the world. This is a must read for each and every person trying to find their voice and purpose in a loud and frenetic world.”
**It releases March 13, 2018!
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**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.