"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." Matthew 11:28-29
God, the Creator of heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1) sent His beloved Son (Matt. 3:17) into the world when the time was right (Gal. 4:4), to manifest a new truth through Him (Heb. 1-2). This truth we would receive from the Word (Rom. 10:17), which are the very utterances of God (I Pet. 4:11), who cannot lie (Tit. 1:2).
God did that because He loved us, whom He knew in our mother’s womb (Jer. 1:5, Ps. 139:13), so much, that He would send His Son (Jn. 3:16) who was with Him at the beginning of time (Gen. 1:26, Jn. 1:1), while we were yet sinners, to die for us (Rom. 5:8, Rom. 3:23). Jesus did this by suffering and dying on a cross, bearing our sins for us, so that we might live in righteousness (I Pet. 2:24), so that we could be justified through faith in Christ (Gal. 2:16).
To receive the blessing of His work on the cross, we need to hear the Word (Rom. 10:17), believe it to be so, (Mk. 16:19, Rom. 10:14), then repent of our sins (Acts 3:19) and confess that Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the Son of the One True God and Creator, (Rom. 10:9-10), truly knowing that He is the way, the truth and the life (Jn. 14:6,7) and that there is salvation in no other name under heaven (Acts 4:12), and then be buried with Him in Baptism (Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:4) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19), not by sprinkling, but by immersion (Acts 8:38) in order to receive remission of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-9), who will then dwell in us (Rom. 8:9) and intercede for us (Rom. 8:26), as Christ Himself does (Rom. 8:34)
From that day on we should strive to obey (Rom. 6:17), knowing that we were saved by His grace and not by anything we did or could do (Eph. 2:8-9), understanding that we will falter at times, but will receive His forgiveness (I Jn. 1:9) if we repent (Acts 8:22), but also understanding that to receive that forgiveness, we too need to forgive as well. (Col. 3:13, Eph. 4:32, Mk. 11:25), and never return evil for evil (Rom. 12:17), loving God with all of our heart, soul and mind (Matt. 22:37), and our neighbors as ourselves (Mk. 12:31, I Jn. 3:23) while thanking Him for our blessings (Eph. 5:20).
In doing so, we should come to church and encourage one another (Heb. 10:25), sing psalms and hymns (Eph. 5:19) and remember our Savior by partaking in Communion (Lk. 22:19-20) once weekly (Acts 20:7). As men we need to be dignified, respectful and temperate (Titus 2:2), love our wives as Christ Himself loved the church (Eph. 5:25), and not provoke our children, but discipline and instruct them in the Lord (Col. 3:21, Eph. 6:4). We should love and respect our parents (Matt. 19:19, Eph. 6:2-3), and we need to teach our young that they may stay in the way of the Lord (Pr. 22:6).
We should be examples to the people in the world and our light should shine before us in order to bring glory to our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16); we should make disciples of all nations and teach them the things concerning God (Matt. 28:20).
We should strive to be like Christ at all times (I Cor. 11:1, Eph. 5:1-2), knowing that if we do so to the end of our lives, if we run the race with endurance that is set before us (Heb. 12:1), we will be judged accordingly (Acts 17:31, Rom. 2:6) and receive the crown of life (Jam. 1:12, II Tim. 4:8), and a room in that mansion (Jn. 14:2). All this can only be achieved, however, if Christ is our cornerstone (Eph. 2:20), and we learn to unceasingly pray for what we want, (I Thess. 5:17), knowing that we will receive it (Mk. 11:24), believing that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord (Rom. 8:28), and then put our belief into action and cultivate the fruits of the spirit –love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – (Gal. 5:22).
Now, tell me the Bible is not a blueprint for life!