08 August 2012

From the Evangelist desk August 2012 edition.

(Inspired by daily reading from Purpose Driven, Rick Warren).

Feel the burden of serving? Feeling tired? Then maybe we aren’t doing what God wants us to do.

“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 TEV)
How many times do we say we’re tired. We feel that we are so busy doing so much for church and home. We use diaries to make sure that we do not miss that important appointment. We are on this committee and that committee, always talking, always having actions placed against us.
We are in fact over stoking the fire and smothering it so that it will eventually go out because we have placed too many logs on the fire. This is another way of ‘Burn out’, as the psychiatrist would phrase it.
How do we know when we’re doing too much in our life? How do we know when we’re out of God’s will? How do we know if all the things we’re doing are what God expects us to do or if we just put those expectations on ourselves?
The answer is simple: We’re always tired. It is not God’s will for our life to always be tired. God never intended for us to go around with that heavy a load.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying your heavy loads, and I will give you rest” (TEV).
What’s got us burdened? Most of us carry a yoke of burden that we’ve put on ourselves because of unresolved guilt and unrealistic expectations. We’re trying to prove that we matter.
We all matter to God. We don’t even have to do anything to matter to God. We put all these burdens on ourselves, trying to prove ourselves to God and to one another.
We must remember God’s yoke is not light and easy, but to live in the centre of God’s will is a lighter load than to live out of God’s will.
Our yoke may be to share the Word of the Lord with others, to some this will be a heavy yoke to bear because of uneasiness of our ability to share our faith, and we feel sometimes that we will sound stupid, or inarticulate, but with the Lord all things are possible.
The one thing that we cannot shirk is the fact that each and every one of us has a yoke to take upon our shoulders in the name of the Lord. Each of us has a different field to furrow for the Lord. Each of us has different seeds to sow, and each of us has different tools to harvest the crop. The common factor is that if we truly do the will of God and wear His yoke, our load will be lightened and we will never be asked to carry anything that we cannot manage.
Many along the way will try and convince us that we need to wear a yoke for this and a yoke for that all in the name of… I say take time out, speak to the Lord and ask what yoke He wishes you to wear, and more importantly like any good health and safety advice, we are told how the yoke is to be carried so that the load can be distributed evenly.
So let’s take time out to check our Spiritual yoke. Are we busy fools, going from this to that with no time to spare? Or are we travelling at a steady pace, making sure that the load is spread evenly, or if ploughing the field that every clod of earth is broken down through us taking a slow, straight and careful pace?
Yours in Christ.
Rick Hayes