This is important for us to see; first Peter shares that ‘God knows people’s hearts and as we accept Jesus as Lord and we open up to transformation, our heart goes through changes that God knows about. We desire knowledge and learning how we need to live. We can’t fool God by going through the motions, He knows everything and as we change and are willing to surrender our will for His, He knows our motive behind what we do. In Matthew chapter 11 verses 29-30 says, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Jesus is not making it impossible to follow Him, He has made it easy and by God’s grace it is possible for everyone.
The yoke Peter is telling the apostles are all things that don’t matter to their eternal life and as we grow in the Lord we should realize that when we think of God’s love and live like Christ we open the doors for more people to know Christ. As we look at Acts chapter 15 verse 11 really see the simplicity of what God desires. “We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” So we need to drop our yoke and the yoke the church puts on us and discover the love that the Father has for us all. Jesus can’t change what He did so we need to follow what He says in Mark chapter 12 verses 29-31, “O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love you neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
As we see these verses the word (all) should stand out because it is our entire being that God desires. Jesus did nothing without the Father telling Him, so as we believe in Christ who was sent for us, we must open our hearts to do nothing without listening to Him. We do this by praying and opening the Word of God and letting the Holy Spirit fill us so when choices come we choose life. Amen