One Less Burden

            Jesus offers inviting words in Matthew 11:28-30.  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Picture a pair of oxen in times long past, kept together by a wooden yoke across their necks, pulling a farm wagon.  The oxen obviously have to work much harder to pull a wagon loaded with grain on the way to town than on the trip back home when it’s empty.  The Christian life is meant to be like that return trip—uncomplicated.    Jesus offers rest.  He only asks His followers to learn of Him.

            There are many things we as Christians are not obligated to do.  Rather than write to you at length about law vs. grace or our liberty in Christ, I hope I can free your mind about one key issue.  We hear a lot these days about being culturally relevant, that we’re to love others, etc.; but the truth is that we’re not called to save or change the world and its ways.  In a nutshell, as an old hymn puts it, “Brighten the corner where you are.”

            What about the Great Commission in Matt. 28:19-20?  “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,…Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”  Is giving out the Gospel the same as changing the world?  When we share the Gospel, we’re just the messenger or witness.  We don’t change anyone.  God does through the Holy Spirit, and, for those meant to receive Christ, it happens one person at a time.  John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

            This may sound strange, but consider where you are right this minute.  Now consider some liberating thoughts Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 7:17-24: “…as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk…Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”  As an old saying goes, “Bloom where you’re planted.”.

            Here’s further food for thought from the Scriptures..

2 Tim. 2:3-7–“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”

1 Thes. 4:11-12–“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”

Colossians 3:1-3–“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

1 Jn. 2:15–“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

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