Consider this a book review. My personal opinion.
I just read Vance Pitman’s book: Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live Through You and it is a life-changing read! So many of us, as followers of Christ, feel that we have to follow rules and be perfect to be sure of our salvation. In essence we say we are saved by faith but kept by works, saved by grace, but sanctified by works. We can get caught in the trap of focusing on the works we do as Believers, rather than focusing on Christ Himself.
In his book, Pitman challenges us to abide in Jesus through simple and pure devotion to Him. He teaches that the life of a Jesus-follower ought to look like the life of Christ because as we abide in Him, He lives through us. Pitman’s study of the Gospels of the Bible revealed that Jesus’ life was centered on relationships with God the Father, with His disciples, and with the world. Relationships, not religion.
Where is your focus? On your relationships with the Lord, His followers, and the world? Or do you feel burdened by the requirements of religion? Would you like to be “unburdened?” Jesus tells us how: “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
To be unburdened by religion is to heed Jesus’ call: “Come to Me.” Come to Jesus! Invest your time getting to know Him! Invest your time in His Word and growing your faith with other Believers. Invest your time sharing the gospel with a lost world. Lay your burdens down and find rest in the freedom we have in Christ alone!
You can purchase the book through various booksellers, or let me know if you need a copy. It is time for us to “stop living for Jesus so Jesus can live through us!”