Jesus-Centered: Why all the "shoulds"?
Why All the Shoulds?
"It's wrong to should people into a love relationship, and it's worse than wrong--actually, heretical--to should people into a love relationship with Jesus." --Rick Lawrence, The Jesus-Centered Life
Encountered any finger-pointing lately? Like, say, an article or a Facebook post or a sermon that's full of remarks about what you should do? How about what you should do as a Christian?
- you should read your Bible everyday
- you should attend church weekly
- you should listen to this type of music, watch these types of shows, buy things at these stores, and believe these things...
"Shoulds"--even well-meaning ones--aren't Jesus' style
Rick reminds us in this video that Jesus invites us into a relationship with him that provides relief and rest, not work. Even well-meaning lists of advice and to-do's can heap guilt and shame where there could be curiosity and welcome instead. But rather than follow orders, Jesus would prefer for us to follow our heart. True, loving relationships always work better that way.
Try this 5-minute idea:
Get alone for a few minutes and think about the habit and things you're doing in your life (regarding your relationship with Jesus or elsewhere) because you feel like you should be doing them. Make a note of them, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you any practices that he's inviting you to let go of. See what he says.
For more ideas like this, plus other Jesus-centered thoughts and ideas, download a free sample chapter of The Jesus-Centered Life.