Come to Me, all you 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.”
The beauty of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ is that Jesus did everything needed to reconcile us with God. When we accept Jesus, we become children of God and co-heirs with Jesus. We get everything that Jesus gets, not through our performance and good deeds but because we are born into the family.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:30 that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He can say this because He has done all the heavy lifting. If you are finding that trying to please God is a heavy weight on your shoulders, you are going about things the wrong way! Stop trying to please God with your good works and accept what Jesus did on the cross for you. Jesus died and rose again to free you from the power of sin. You are totally and fully forgiven, you are made just and righteous through the blood of Jesus and you have His power to overcome temptation and live in victory.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Live your life through the power of Jesus. We do this by accepting Him and identifying with His crucifixion and resurrection.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
You cannot earn God’s love and favour, it’s a free gift through Jesus!
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.