“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Thank you for joining me this morning. Thank you for sending me your thoughts from week to week. It is so encouraging to me. This morning we are going to discuss “Burdens”. We have all felt weighed down at times haven’t we? Sometimes it seems like “whatever we do is never enough, or it is not right, or we just can’t keep up with the demands, can you relate? I can at times. As a Christian, I think we can easily fall into this trap.
Before I came to know the Lord Jesus in a personal way, I was taught in my childhood to be independent, work hard and be self-sufficient. These values are good values but at the same time they are values that have a two-sided meaning. On one hand, being taught to be independent and self-sufficient is good because it is in many ways similar to a “steam engine” that fuels us with the power to get through life, tackle the difficult problems, etc. and it worked for me.
But when I came to know the Lord personally, this concept (value) was challenging me spiritually in a different way. Now I found myself “wanting to please the Lord” and let him have his way in my life, but at the same time “getting in the way” through my own efforts. I found out just how engrained this concept of self-sufficiency was within me.
I know I am not alone in this battle, that there are many Christians out there that have fallen into the same struggle. Ours hearts so long to be obedient to the Lord but end up striving and becoming overwhelmed with life’s demands. We need to understand from a spiritual perspective that the world’s demands need not have the final say in our lives. John 16:33 says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
When we follow God’s commands we will be protected from a painful and difficult path. Our culture promises freedom if we disobey God. Dallas Willard writes, “To depart from righteousness is to choose a life of crushing burdens, failures, and disappointments, a life caught in the toils of endless problems that are never really solved.”
Be encouraged today, the Lord knows our struggles and He knows what is best for us. Let Him have His way in your life, he will not fail you! He didn’t fail me and brought me out of myself by changing me. He will never give up on us ON YOU!
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