A mother of young children, who also runs a business, told me that since COVID she’s added homeschooling to her already packed schedule. “I don’t know if I’m coming or going,” she said, indicating how distracted she is. Another parent expressed concern and frustration over the choices his adult daughter is making.
How are you doing at balancing the cares of your life? Do you feel responsible for people and things beyond your control? Have you wondered if you’re doing enough? Or does the wrong thing consume too much of your time and attention?
When I’m stressed, I usually find I’m feeling responsible for something beyond my control. I feel pressured to achieve—or prevent—a certain outcome. When I take my burden to Jesus, He clarifies our roles. My role is to be faithful. He’s in charge of outcomes.When I take my #burden to Jesus, He clarifies our roles. My role is to be #faithful. He's in charge of outcomes. Click To Tweet
God doesn’t hold us answerable for things beyond our control. When concerns pile up, it’s time to release some things we’ve tried to manage. Sometimes that involves an attitude change. Other times, our actions need to shift. Listen to Jesus’ words in this familiar passage.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28-29 NLT).
Jesus invites “all who are weary and carry heavy burdens” to come to Him and find rest. Let’s look at how to do this.God doesn’t hold us responsible for things we can’t control. When needs pile up, He's calling us to release some things we’ve tried to tightly manage. #BigGod Click To Tweet
Take My Yoke
A yoke “is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs.” Sometimes a young animal was yoked to an experienced, stronger animal. The strong animal would carry the brunt of the burden and guide the young one. In Scripture, “yoke” was used symbolically to refer to burdensome religious laws. This verse pictures us being yoked to Christ instead.
Think of some burdens you feel bound to carry. Perhaps a secular mindset, self-effort, a besetting sin, personal or family standards or other people’s expectations have loaded you down. Religious rules and regulations can also steal our joy as they did for those in Jesus’ day.
Jesus tells us to lay down our burdens and take up His yoke. When we partner with Him, He lifts the worry off of the load we carry. He sets the pace and direction of our journey. If you’re feeling the weight of any burden, could it be you’re carrying something you’re not meant to bear? His yoke is easy, and His burden in light.
Share His Goal; Accept My Role
If we’re to walk with Jesus, we need to walk in the same direction. He leads; I follow. I abide in Him; He bears fruit through me.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim.1:5 NASB).
Sometimes, because we love someone we think we know best and try to control them and their choices. Love from a pure heart allows us to release our loved ones and our concerns for them into God’s hands (Matt. 22:37-40). When we operate out of a good conscience and from sincere faith, we please God and enjoy life.
Think about a burden you carry. What would it look like to surrender the results to Jesus and focus on being faithful to your role?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33 NIV).
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 Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for zygos (Strong’s 2218)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2011. 18 Aug 2011. <http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm? Strongs=G2218&t=NASB>