Sunday, April 14, 2013

What Not to Wear

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Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!
Carry your own weight!
Don't be such a wimp!

Funny--God doesn't say that:
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.--Matthew 11:29
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.--Exodus 33:14
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, and I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.--Isaiah 41:10

Strength before God looks different from strength before men.

There are three kinds of weights in the life--.
1.   The burden of our repented sin, which Christ has removed forever.
      This is not our burden, not any more. Not since Calvary.

2.   The burden Christ gives us, which He means to share.
      We only have to pick up one end of whatever He brings. He will take the other.
3.  And the burden of unrepented sin.
      If we choose to carry this one, we do it by ourselves. (But, for the good news, see #1)

Everybody has burdens. Life brings them. God allows them, and sometimes, He assigns them.
And, if they come from Him, none of them are mistakes. None of them are too much.
It doesn't matter how they feel.
If we let our God speak to our hearts, if we admit our sins and let Him remove their guilt, only the path of life remains. And God has already guaranteed the end, however rocky the path.
Put down what you can and let Christ, your yokefellow, carry what is His.
Then heave up your end, take one step at a time, and leave the rest behind. 
Christ walks beside you--your untiring companion of infinite strength and mercy.


  1. Strengthening words - thank you!

  2. thankful for His sweet, strong presence on the rocky path ...


  3. I. Loved. This. Such good words for my soul! I found myself smiling as I read this - smiling because of the goodness of the Lord and in knowing that Jesus carries my burdens for and with me. Thank you! :-)

    1. It's so easy to forget that He carries our burdens with us, not just for us. But He is a wonderful companion...

  4. "We only have to pick up one end of what He brings, he will take up the other." Loved that.
    Such good words!

  5. And oh the peace that comes when we give our burdens to Him!
    Found your post via Hear it on Sunday... Use it on Monday. :)

  6. Visiting you from Cornerstone Confessions link up. You nailed the struggle between earthly and eternal. Read my post: