Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is God’s child, and whoever loves the Father also loves the Father’s children. This is how we know we love God’s children: when we love God and obey his commands. Loving God means obeying his commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us, because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith. So the one who conquers the world is the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the One who came by water and blood. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. 1 John 5:1-6
No excuses. That’s what God wants us to understand. His commands are not too difficult for us. If we believe, we love. If we love, we obey. We access God’s power because of our belief. We aren’t concerned with having God’s power because we want to be powerful. We want God’s power because it reveals him to others. When God shows up in our lives, he shows up to others. We glorify him by becoming transparent, allowing him to show himself and work through us.
We obey not because we can get something in return, but because our obedience honors God. Our obedience acknowledges God as Creator and Redeemer. We place our trust in him, knowing he is sovereign.
We struggle with obedience at times, not just because we want to do something our own way but because God’s way seems more difficult than we want to pursue at times. We often don’t understand, which further diminishes our energy level. When we’re not invested and don’t see the purpose, we can easily disengage and make excuses. In the process, we’re turning the focus back on ourselves. God says his commands aren’t too hard for us. Since he created us, he should know!
He doesn’t say his commands are easy. He simply says they’re not too hard. Let’s not confuse the two.
Sending Jesus to earth to die wasn’t easy. Jesus didn’t have an easy life – or death. However, sending Jesus to earth to die wasn’t too hard. Jesus’ life – and death – wasn’t too hard. Both were accomplished regardless of the pain and suffering. God chose the hard over the easy, because it was best. God knows the difference between hard and too hard. In order to give us living water, Jesus had to shed blood. His water and blood are inseparable.
Live It. What is in your life right now that seems too hard? Let God give you fresh perspective, showing you the difference between hard and too hard. Respond obediently.