Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. –Matthew 11:28-30
God is saying to you and me today to “Lay down our burdens. We’re carrying burdens that we don’t need to bear. Give them to Him for He cares for us.” When we do give them up, we will experience great freedom within our relationship with Him.
Jesus tells us to come to Him when we are weary and tired. He realises that we are prone to carry heavy loads and that we tend to try to do things in our own strength. However, He promises us that if we give Him our burdens and cares, He will give us rest and a load that is much easier to carry. Sometimes we carry around burdens that really do matter. However, most of the time, we carry extra and unnecessary baggage around. David talks about his guilt weighing him down and being overwhelming (see Psalm 38:4).
2 Corinthians 5:4 says: “While we live in this body, we have burdens and we groan.” We do not want to be naked, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be fully covered with life. – It is human nature to groan about our burdens. We know that there is a better life beyond this. Whilst we are here on earth, we are not exempt from burdens. It’s because we desire to be clothed with life.
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:7- “Give all your worries to Him, because He cares about us.” God has a plan for us, a great race for us to run. We will go places where we never thought that we would and we will serve in many ways that we could have never dreamed. However, burdens hinder us from fulfilling what the Bible describes as our responsibility to care for others. God desires for us to show mercy, kindness, and gentleness to others. Help the weak, comfort others as we have been comforted, care for the interests of others and help with other’s troubles.
If we want to be truly free, we must give our everything to God. Give Him our burdens and cares. Allow Him to give us His load which is far lighter than ours. For the sake of our God we serve, let it go. For the sake of those we love, let it go. For the sake of our own joy and the joy of others, let it go. God is saying to us, “Lay it all down, children, let it go and I’ll carry the heavy load.”
Deuteronomy 33:12 says “The Lord’s loved ones will lie down in safety, because He protects them all day long. The ones He loves rest with Him.” Notice what God tells His children here; we can lie down in safety, God protects us whilst resting in Him, and the ones God loves rest with Him.
Sometimes we find this very difficult to do, because we are so used to carrying our own burdens. But Jesus says in John chapter 8, “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed!” If He promises us that we will be free in Him if we give our burdens to Him, would we not want to live in that freedom? What are some things that may be hindering that freedom within our lives? May it be stubbornness, pride, or even fear? It’s not easy to let go and let God take complete control of everything. It’s like a prisoner that is held in ball in chain, being set free, but not willing to take off the chains. What chains are holding us back to being all that God desires us to be?
God wants us to let go of the old man. Let go of worldly desires, such as uncleanness, passion for worldly things, evil desire, covetousness, malice, blasphemy, filthy language, and lying. Let go of the guilt from the past. Let go of the troubles that wear us down. Then God says to us, put on the new man, clothes of righteousness, etc. When we put on the things that God desires us to wear, to carry, etc. we will have the peace of God rule within our own hearts. People will see the difference within us and will be drawn to God through us.
The only way that we can put on godly attributes is to let go of the worldly and ungodly ones. Laying down our heavy weights of the world at the foot of the cross and allowing Jesus to carry them. When we do this, we will experience a great freedom in Christ. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:13, “My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love.”
Mary, like the rest, stood amazed at the appearance of Jesus in the room. She had been weeping since Friday, when news of His capture and trial had reached her. Her heart had been pierced at the sight of Him, beaten almost beyond recognition. But a mother always knows her son. She had longed to run to His side, to clean the blood from His face, and sooth His tattered back. She had wanted to stand between Him and the Roman soldiers, protect Him from His persecutioners. When the nails had pierced his hands, she’d turned her eyes from the scene, but she’d stand her ground. She would not abandon this precious son, her gift from God. And thought it had broken her heart, she’d stayed nearby until he was gone. She had seen Him dead. And yet here He was, alive! And in his resurrection, she found freedom. She was free from the approval of the temple leaders, free from all her little motherly worries about him, free from the tensions and sibling rivalries within her family, and free from the sorrow that had pierced her heart like a sword.
We too can all have this same freedom. If we are living in Christ, living in His power, putting on the clothes of righteousness, and letting go of all the burdens and weighty burdens we carry, we can experience freedom as Mary did: freedom from approval of the world and freedom from the heaviness that comes with carrying everything on our own.
Jesus invites us to drop all the baggage at the foot of the cross that we are carrying in this life. He doesn’t want us to keep trying to carry these burdens alone. If our hands are so full carrying this heavy load, we are not able to reach out to others in need. Worrying about life and all its troubles, not letting go and letting God will interfere with our ability to help others with their troubles. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free….Therefore if the Son makes you free, you are shall be free indeed!