“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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.” Ma. 11:28-30 NLT
For the last few days we have been in a study concerning the comfort of God and how to receive. Today we are covering point two, Carrying God’s burden.
- Jesus told us we needed to Carry his burden or switch burdens with him.
In our analogy of the comfort of God being likened to a good tucking in, I would say carrying Jesus’ burden is the equivalent of putting on pajamas.
- When I get home at night from the office the first thing I do is head upstairs to change out of my work clothes. I release my swollen feet from the hard dress shoes. I put on the loose-fitting sweats and the warm comfy bathrobe. Then I go downstairs to say “Hello” to Mom and Brenda.
- How comfortable would I be if I came home and went straight to bed in my shoes, my belt, my tie, my dress shirt and my suit pants? I have done this on Sunday afternoons from time to time. I awake cranky, sweaty and feeling like I took a bath in bugs.
- Some of us go to Jesus with much more uncomfortable burdens than my suit and we never lay them down. We pray but we don’t release the burden. We come away still feeling responsible for it… still worrying about it…still freaking out about…because we haven’t believed Jesus for it.
- Do you believe God answers prayer? Then pray about the problem and then walk away from it and let Him deal with it.
- “That is so irresponsible” you say.
- Well it is if go to Jesus, put down your burden and walk away with no burden. Jesus didn’t say leave your burden here and go away scott free.
- He said “Take my burden. Take my yoke.”
- Listen I serve a big God who knows how to answer prayer…EVERY PRAYER! I also believe He talks to me and I believe if He wants me to do something about my problems He will tell me. He does tell me. He impresses me in prayer. I don’t have to run around trying to solve my problem myself. I just have to come to Him and listen and he will impress on me if he wants me to do something. I don’t have to fix myself or you. I just have to pray and then do what Jesus tells me. That’s what it means to carry his burden. When we Carry his burden (the thing he tells us to do) then the pressure is off.
How does that change your thinking?
Thank you, Pastor J
Still so much to learn!
(I’ve been guilty of handing the burden to Him and then taking it back … just in case. I’m learning though. The sooner I let go of it, the better it is for me. Besides, He did say His burden is light. Fair trade? Probably not… but if He’s willing to do that for me, what might my problem be?)
Blessings and thanks for the wonderful reminders.
I am with you Ann. I just went through a two day relaying project. I took everything I had given Him back because of a set back and it took me two whole days to lay it all back down.
“What a waste!” I told myself.
But God is faithful. He can redeem the time.
All that to say we are all in the boat together!
“Do you believe God answers prayer? Then pray about the problem and then walk away from it and let Him deal with it.”
This is very hard for me. I tend to lay it all ou,t say amen, look around at my mess I have just given to the Lord, and being the good girl I am I pick it all up, cleaning up after myself.
But I am learning that I can leave it with Him. He can handle the housekeeping.
So true Patricia. I have found He keeps my house in order better than I ever could. But keeping myself from laying my hands back on it… I find that difficult in the extreme.