I’m often amazed how easily we complicate things…especially our walk with the Lord. We mistakenly think God is seeking perfection when He’s really seeking humility and obedience. But because of our fallen nature, submission is not a state of heart that comes easily.
God doesn’t want you confused when it comes to knowing Him. What He does require is that instead of pride in our own thinking (as though we could really grasp the depth of His being), we humble ourselves like a child to a parent. Children have a deep curiosity for the world around them. They want to know how things work, often asking “Why?” repeatedly. They listen to their parents’ words because they trust their parents will correctly teach them.
God’s heart has always been to be a Father to His image bearers. Sacrifices done in the Old Testament only showed the great divide that separated man from His Maker. Yet Jesus, the ultimate Sacrifice, made the Father known in a tangible way. Jesus walked, talked, touched, felt emotions. He was real and He was here for many to see.
While He walked on this earth, Jesus didn’t want the focus to be on what He did but on the One who did it. If they really wanted to know the Father all they had to do was look at the Son. If they wanted to know the Son, they would also get to know the Father. There were no codes to break, no loopholes in the Law. Jesus was there and willing to show Himself and to be known intimately. It’s an invitation He still gives us to: come to Him and take His yoke. He’s done the hard part – His death on the Cross – and now He invites us to have a relationship that is as intimate as the one He shares with the Father.