This morning while i was reading my Bible, i read Matthew 11:28-30
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
My mind instantly focused on verse 30 that says “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I decided to read it in the message version just to get a better understanding of it. The message version says “I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The first question that popped into my head was “Why does the burden often feel heavy?” Now, I believe in Jesus, I believe that what he says to us is true so my only answer to that question is that somehow, WE make it heavy. I love the use of ‘ill-fitting’ in the message version of this scripture. The term ill fitting means unsuitable or mismatched. If Jesus says that he’ll never lay anything on us that is heavy or ill fitting, what causes us to encounter experiences or assignments that see to fill heavy or ill fitting. Lets take success for example. Whether success looks like having a lot of money or being able to impact millions of people; I think we can all agree that we just want to get to a place where we can say that we were successful. The pressure that comes with working towards success is not supposed to be heavy and burdensome. Yes, the process will be difficult at times and it will take hard work but I don’t believe that it’s supposed to feel like we’re carrying a a ton of bricks on our back.
The process will rarely look thew ay we want it to, but even then God gives us a sense of peace and security that should keep us from going crazy in the midst of everything that happens. There are people that can be going through the worst situations but contain so much joy; and that is because they are accepting the gift of an easy yoke and light burden that God offers.
Those that walk with Jesus are not supposed to be worrisome or bogged down. So that takes me back to my original question, what makes it feel so heavy at times? I believe that we let things like ‘reality’ and perception get in our way. We hold onto material things or factors and people that shouldn’t have ever been a part of our lives. My point is, when we walk with God, we shouldn’t feel burdened; so when we do, we have to evaluate whether or not we’re walking with God. What factors are in our lives that don’t look like him? Things like worry, fear, doubt, disobedience, trying to do things in our own strength…etc. If you’re living a heavy life, you’re either not where you need to be or there are things in your life that you need to let go of.
What kind of life are you living?
Take a journey with the profezzor on the subway of life. Here are some of the encounters, life lessons, and thoughts I picked up at each stop. This is a Brooklyn Bound Express Train. Next Stop is: WORLD TAKEOVER!!! Stand clear of the closing doors please.