“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.”
For me, this is one of the most refreshing promises of Christ. As a bone chilling cold drink is refreshing to a thirsty and tired laborer on a hot, dry and humid afternoon, so is this passage to my soul. For now, I want to highlight the phrase “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, if you are not experiencing a certain grace that makes the yoke of Christ – what God has called you to, including your family, career, habits, character, passions, desires, etc. – easy and light, maybe you need to slow down, and check your way of life. You might be walking a path named “adventures in missing the point”
Could it be that we are allowing the urgent to crowd out the important and by so doing we get caught in an endless cycle? We don’t attend to what is important today because the urgent commands our attention. And then in the future, what was important today becomes urgent, and that prevents us from paying attention to what is important.
If we really have too much to do, if we are always bugged down with heavy thoughts, then maybe there are some things on our list that God did not put there. There are some battles we take on that God has not assigned to us. We are not to act solely based on our emotions. Your emotions or your heart do not define what is true, God does! Sometimes, we take on burdens that are not our own out of concern. However by taking on these issues, rather than resting it in the hands of God, we are passing a vote of no confidence on God’s ability to take care of it…scary, isn’t it.
It doesn’t matter whether you are doing the most righteous act or not, when it is outside the realm of God’s will for you, you are doing it to either impress others or make yourself. And your reward is the recognition you get from people. We cannot truly give what we do not own. We cannot give time when we are running on empty. We cannot truly give a service to God when we are emotionally drained and exhausted. David had to own the threshing floor before he offer a sacrifice to God on it – see 1 Chron 21:24
Review your way of living and your way of thinking. Examine the things you get drawn into. Evaluate which ones can take a back seat so that you can live an unhurried life for the sole purpose of being more sensitive and receptive to divine breathings from God. We do this for the sole purpose of living a life that is truly pleasing to God (Col 1:9-10). Develop a way of life that lends itself to you naturally leaning on God. It might mean waking up early, taking evening walks, leaving work at work, eliminating TV time, sleeping more, being more present with your family, especially in your thoughts. Maybe it means following a devotional, writing in a journal as God prompts you, hanging out with godly friends, more scripture reading and praying. Maybe it means regularly scheduling a family vacation, a retreat, or taking pottery classes or learning to paint.
Whatever it is, learn to carve out your own daily desert where you can go detox from the corrosive effects of your day. In this place, we learn to rest more in God. We learn what it means to lose our lives and we learn that we have a soul and an inner being to care for. We don’t do this to be lazy or to avoid responsibility. In fact, as you are more attentive to God, your life might get more complex, you might have more responsibilities and you can trust God to supply you with wisdom and grace to handle and enjoy those responsibilities
2 Cor 9:7 says “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We give what we have, not what we think we ought to have or what others think we should have. As you rest more in God, you will be able to give more – and the world will then truly await your manifestation. As you rely on God, here is his promise to you
- And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work – 2 Cor 9:8