The Lightest Burden

He restores my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

Psalm 23:3

© Susan Irene Fox

© Susan Irene Fox

In His sermon by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus told His followers to not be obsessed about food or clothing. He pointed out the birds and the flowers to illustrate how God feeds and arrays them. He reminded us that we are more important to God than those fragile and beautiful creations. We are created in His image, and we are new creations in Christ.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

He was our example of seeking God’s will in all things. “I can do nothing on my own, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30, 6:38

He told us to take each day one at a time, ask for and receive His daily bread, for there are struggles enough for one day without putting future problems on our hearts.

In addition, Jesus gave us a New Covenant. While He told us not to forget the Old Covenant commands God handed to Moses, this New Covenant relieves us of additional requirements written by men, and places these first ten laws upon our hearts.

We must attend to more than the outward appearance of loving God. We must erase all desire to covet. We must seek to find joy in what we have so there is never a desire for other people or things. We must authentically love others as ourselves. We must seek to honor God in all areas of our lives.

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Yet, we continue to forever pile up laws, requirements and burdens for ourselves that tempt and prod our boundaries. They cause doubt in the burden Jesus gave us. These self-imposed burdens chain us to our own limitations when Christ already set us free.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

When we exchange our burdens for Christ’s, we are refreshed with His grace, His breath of life. We love because He loves us. We extend mercy because He grants tender mercies every day. We are patient because His is infinitely patient. We trust because He is faithful. We do so not under our own power, but because we abide in the Holy Spirit’s power. By this, we don’t become children of God; we show we are children of God.

We reflect His light and love to others, and glorify His name when we begin and end our day refreshed by His word. We acknowledge His comfort and forgiveness when we stumble. We move forward, taking heart in lessons learned. We become a window to the peace, acceptance and freedom available through His saving grace.

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Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another. John 13:35

28 thoughts on “The Lightest Burden

  1. Beautiful post! As I interact with my circle of people each day, I often think of that little song we learned as children – “This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine.” I thought of it as I read this post. I believe we are called to be that light as the children of our wonderful God. I am really hard on myself when I have moments when I allow my light to be distinguished but even as I hear God’s whispers of chastisement I also hear His forgiving mercy. We serve a wonderful God who gives us all we need to be his hands here to those who are hurting. God bless you, your blog, your every moment.

  2. “We must erase all desire to covet. We must seek to find joy in what we have so there is never a desire for other people or things. ” These words spoke to me powerfully–seeing that I have been coveting others’ relationships. One usually applies this commandment to coveting another’s spouse, but it can mean friendships or other relationships as well.
    Thank you for another beautiful and thought-provoking post.

    • Truthfully, I can’t take the credit. I go where the Spirit leads my eyes and my heart. I take these lessons to heart as well, the one you mention in particular.

      Sometimes, when we don’t have a tangible hand to hold we forget how incredibly powerful our First Love can be. That’s why taking the time to rest in Him is so important. It fills my heart and brings tears to my eyes when I feel His love surround me.

  3. “We reflect His light and love to others, and glorify His name when we begin and end our day refreshed by His word. We acknowledge His comfort and forgiveness when we stumble. We move forward, taking heart in lessons learned. We become a window to the peace, acceptance and freedom available through His saving grace.”
    Ah…YES! Most perfectly said! That’s it! The Christian life in a paragraph. :) Awesome grace-filled post, Susan. Thanks for expressing it so beautifully. Blessings.

  4. Truly, these are key admonitions. I often view my accumulated possessions as burdens and wonder what insecurity leads me to continue acquiring them? Loving others as ourselves is so hard, but it is the key to all of this. There would be far less strife and suffering in this world if we only adhered to these precepts!

    • With all the moves I’ve made, I learned a long time ago to lighten my physical burdens. That has helped me, I think, to lighten my emotional ones as well. “Things” are really unimportant in the big picture. It’s relationships and the health of our hearts that really matter.

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