In our culture, we often tell people to tighten up. We have schedules, procedures, and rules to follow, ways we have to act, dress, and talk, and things we always have to get done. Those things are all important, but to really succeed, we have to tighten up on our hope in Jesus, but loosen up on ourselves.
Pretend you’re in a game of golf for a moment. Your last shot was really bad; the hole is difficult and everybody laughed at you when you accidentally hit the grass instead of the ball. Now, you’re trying to focus yourself on getting it right this time, but your whole body is tense because you can’t get over your bad shot.
Or maybe your last shot was great! But now you’re faced with trying to live up to the same type of swing, and still you find yourself tensed up. When we’re focusing on how bad or how good our last swing was, we can’t focus on our goal: hitting a hole in one.
Many people are overly tense in their lives. We can’t focus on the goal of fulfilling our purpose in Jesus and hitting the mark with our lives because we’re too tight, trying to make up for what we did or didn’t do.
Matthew 11:28-30—Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
But Jesus came to lift the weight off of our lives. He makes up the distance for us. He accepts us no matter what we’ve done, haven’t done, or will do. And He wants to give us the tools we need to loosen up and live the lives He created us to live. But we have to let go of the tension of our past and move forward into new lives with Jesus.
Don’t focus on what you should wear to church more than the reason you go to church in the first place. Don’t worry about the way you take Communion so much as the purpose behind it. Loosen up, let Jesus take the burden off of you, and use the total access He has given you to sink the shot with your life.