Do you ever feel like you are carrying around a heavy load?
By James Campbell
Do you ever run out of energy before you run out of things that you need to do? Do you collapse into bed at night and groan when the alarm clock sounds in the morning? If so, how do we reconcile that with the fact that God says His burden in light?
Try this thought on for size-every person you will ever meet has a yoke they’d like to share with you. These yokes take the form of expectations, requirements, requests, and desires. These things are not always wrong or bad, but we do have to be careful with them. We should never pick up a yoke someone tries to place on us without evaluating it in light of our yoke and purpose in Christ.
I believe that it is critically important that we become very selective about the yokes that we pick up and carry. When we carry Christ’s load by being the person He created us to be in Him, our burden is light. When we begin picking up other burdens from other people, however, it doesn’t take long for the load to be completely unmanageable and overwhelming.
Bearing Christ’s yoke does mean that we will also help bear one another’s burdens at times, but we do so from an overflow of grace, not out of guilt or solely out of obligation. In that sense, we have to be sure we are only picking up the burdens He tells us to pick up.
When we carry what He tells us to, God promises His strength. When we pick up burdens that were never intended for us, however, there is no such promise. When we run from God or step outside of His will, we should not expect a tailwind to help us on our journey.
I also would like to include a special word here for people with the gift of mercy. For you being selective in the burdens you pick up can be especially difficult. For you the tendency is to want to help everyone carry their load and to respond to every need. The end result of that is that you will tend to get exhausted to the point you may withdraw and harden yourself to helping anyone.
For you it is especially important that you are selective in what yokes and burdens you pick up. After all, how effective are you going to be if you try to carry everyone’s burdens? Furthermore, while you are tending to everyone else’s yoke, who is carrying yours?
God created you to be you for Him. To be you in the way that brings God the greatest glory is your calling. We must be sure that the burdens we pick up are always aligned with what He has called us to. His yoke is light. Religious people have the heaviest yokes of anyone I have ever met. They will load you down with rules, regulations, laws, and suggestions that will flatten you like a steam roller.
Religious people have heavy yokes; Jesus doesn’t, May we seek to carry His yoke. It is light, and He carries it with us.