What you are carrying is too heavy
Updated: Apr 18, 2019
Scripture I read: Matthew 11:20-30
SOAP Method: S: “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
O: The invitation is "come, right where you are and I will give you comfort and rest. You need it. I know you do. You don't have to bear the weight of all this, let me have it. Trade me. I will fight the battle if you cheer me on and do not give up." When I am stressed, weighed down, or just heavy, all I want is someone to rescue me and lighten the load. That's all I can think of. "Man life right now would just be so much easier if I could just take this pain away, or get over this, or get through it. Someone take it away. Someone see me in my pain, ask me if I'm hurting, and help me get rid of it". That is our hearts cry. That's why we run to things like: food, alcohol, porn, sex, drugs, exercise, all of these things that just distract us from the load. They don't lighten it. And sometimes the heaviness of our burdens, that God hasn't even asked us to carry, become the tipping point in destroyed relationships. Not just with God, but with people you love. You might not even realize that the weight of all you bear is secretly and strategically separating you and the people you love. They are not the enemy, but you just feel like can't take anymore weight. God asks us to carry NO burdens that are too heavy for us alone. We have a max capacity. He doesn't.
What DOES He ask me to carry? --> Each others burdens in love and triumph and victory --> the fruit of the Spirit --> an image of God --> the Armor of God --> the Word in our hearts --> the Promise of the Gospel to a World in need of Good News --> Our cross to Him daily in surrender
What DOESN'T He ask me to carry? --> Sin --> Shame and Guilt --> Worry --> Fear --> Pride --> Lies --> Our mountains --> Comparison --> Self doubt --> Our future --> Rejection --> Confusion --> Our past --> Our regrets
The list of things on the "DO NOT CARRY" list are far heavier than the "PLEASE CARRY THIS" list.
<THIS is grace. THIS is mercy. THIS is love. THIS is acceptance>
*Bravery is easier when what we are carrying into the fight is lighter*
A: Jesus knows the weight of these things. He died for them. He walked through his own life with them for us. So that I wouldn't have to. So that my steps would be light and my yoke would be easy. When something is heavy, our attention goes immediately to it. We can't stop thinking about it. It takes up every ounce of our energy to stand up under the weight of it. And we lose focus. We forget what's good.
God DOES NOT promise that he won't give me more than I can handle, because that's what faith is for. That's why we need Him. Because He is our strength and our song, Our sun and our shield. If he promised that every day would not come with pain and suffering, I would not the obedience to Him that I do. I would not remember the magnitude of the sacrifice that was paid for me. I want to remember. I never want to forget. I never want to get comfortable with the cross.
But God doesn't say that the weight is carried alone. Jesus is the one picking it up on the other side and sharing in it with me.
We get so caught up in the uncertainty of tomorrow, that we miss the fact that even our next moments are uncertain.
Peace and rest, only come from Him.
We are not humble or gentle, not in the way that Jesus is. But he offers to teach us the way, he offers to prepare us, equip us, and train us to live a life differently.
To live a lighter life.
P: Lord, You give me peace and rest. You offer me a lighter life and I graciously and thankfully accept it. Thank you got being my teacher and never stop showing me more through your Word. God, I realize the burden I try to carry is silly. Because all of those are won over. I don't want to pick back up with you laid your life down for. Even if it's one at a time, I give my burdens to you and replace them with something you've asked me to carry. Show my heart how to lay these things down. Make it clear to me. Show my how to truly surrender the break the yoke that they have on me. I want you Jesus, only you. Thank you for being the Author and Perfecter of my story, and today God, I release to you all the things I have picked up that are weighing me down. Your love is greater, and your burden is lighter. I want more of you God. Amen <3