Some may call it baggage…others may call it burdens…either way is there something you have been carrying around that you shouldn’t be? Is there stuff you should be bringing to the cross and leaving there? (not picking it back up when you walk away) Is there stuff you need to forgive others for and then let it go? Are you carrying around worry? Ever found you are worrying about stuff that never ends up happening? Ever consider the swap from worry to prayer? We should never worry and always pray! We should be anxious for nothing but through prayer and petition give our needs up to God!
Jesus tells us that we are bring our burdens to Him and swap with Him:
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
–from Matthew 11
To understand what this means may mean understanding the farming term yoke.
A different version of the verse from The Message
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –from Matthew 11
So let’s stop carrying around the past, let’s stop carrying around the pains, let’s stop carrying around the hurts, let’s stop carrying around the weight of the world, let’s stop carrying around what others have done! Let’s bring it to the cross and make the trade with Jesus! Let’s give Him these things so that we can find real rest and hope and peace! Let’s give it up to Him in exchange for the life He has for us where we can live freely and lightly!
Five Burdens You Need Not Carry — Day 149: Bible In One Year 2017
Do you know what 5 burdens you need not carry?
- Worry … Psalm 68:15-20
- Failure … John 18:25–27
- Injustice … John 18:28-38a
- Sin … John 18:38b–40
- Guilt … 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.’
–Corrie Ten Boom
Trade your worries, your stress, and your burdens with God! Give them up to Him!
Do you realize what a bitter root can do to you from carrying around these things you should not be carrying? I discovered as I was going thru my journey how many people around me were carrying or holding onto things they should have given up to God, things they needed to give up via forgiveness. Today’s devotional shares an interesting and at the same time frightening set of stats…
In his book Affluenza, the psychologist Oliver James points out that ‘almost a quarter of Britain suffers serious emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety, and another quarter are on the verge thereof. Put bluntly, half of us are in a bad way… those earning over £50,000… were recently shown to be more prone to depression and anxiety than those earning less.’
–from Day 149: Bible In One Year 2017
So let’s take hold of what God is offering to us daily while handing over worries and anxiety to Him…
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
–from Psalm 68
Failure is an action not a state. When we fail, we can tend to carry it around with us and allow it to tear us apart. Yes we will fail but don’t let that be the end of your story! Let’s give it up to God and allow to change the rest of the story! Let’s consider Peter’s story where he failed by denying Jesus 3 times, but that wasn’t the end of his story but Jesus used Peter to speak life to the world and to build His church upon Peter. Remember Him speaking at the day of Pentecost? We can find forgiveness through Jesus, just like Peter did, so let’s give it all up to Him!
Injustice will happen to us just like it did to Jesus – maybe not to the same extent, but we know for sure that in this world we will have trouble! But like Jesus we need to walk in the plans and purposes of God and in that truth we can say that we consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! The truth will set us free, even though when we look around at society, we find many who ask if there is such thing as absolute truth! Jesus took it all though so that we could be forgiven as part of God’s ultimate plan!
We’ve all missed the mark! All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! But Jesus didn’t and He exchange places with us taking on the penalty of sin, which is death that we could be set free and receive the gift of eternal life!
Don’t allow guilt to get you either, the impact on us when we do goes beyond the physical and starts to impact us emotionally and spiritually too. It’s good that we have a conscience and we know the difference between right and wrong. Ever felt guilt for something you didn’t actually because it was so unfair how someone else got treated? Even though you had nothing to do with it? We need to bathe ourselves – body, mind, and soul in the Word of God so that we can become more like God! Ever not felt guilty for something you did and then later because the Spirit prompted you realized the mistake you made and had to find a way to be forgiven and reconciled? Don’t allow the burden of guilt to take you down! Turn to God, to His Word, to His Spirit for wisdom and guidance, for direction and for comfort so that you don’t do something you shouldn’t do and start to align with and walk with God! Jesus paid the price so that we wouldn’t need to carry any burdens with us, so let’s bring them to the cross and give them up to Jesus and make the trade with Him!