Life can be very heavy sometimes. Carrying the responsibilities and cares of this world can be exhausting. The problem is it was never designed to be this way.
Matthew 11:28-30 - 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.”
Things to think about:
· Can you imagine waving off a tow truck while pushing a dead car to the repair shop and telling them, “I got it!”?
· How about unloading a truckful of bricks from Home Depot and refusing to let your neighbor help - “I got it!
o Of course, these scenes are ridiculous (or are they?)
· Don’t we sometimes find ourselves carrying more of our burdens than we should? Here are some of the more common ones I tend to pick up:
o Health concerns
o Fractured relationships
o Work problems
· There are other ones too that are a bit harder to see but maybe even heavier:
o Craving significance and purpose for our lives
o Wanting acceptance from others
o Not offering or accepting forgiveness
· Do any of these loads ring true for you? Why do we sometimes refuse Jesus’ promise of His easy yoke and light burden?
o Are pride or stubbornness keeping you from receiving His free gift of help?
· How do we practically take up His yoke?
o Change in our attitude (renewing our minds) about who owns our wellbeing
o Asking a close friend for help
· For some of the heavier loads, here are some suggestions:
o Significance and Purpose
§ We don’t need to seek significance and purpose from others, we have it in Christ
§ Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
§ We don’t have to measure up to anyone else’s standard.
§ Ephesians 1:7-8 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
§ We are free of the guilt and shame we feel for our own shortcomings OR the folly of laboring under the weight of the boulder of bitterness when we have been wronged
§ Colossians 3:13 - Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
· Ephesians 1:19 - His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead