“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28, NAS
Some accuse God of employing that unethical sales technique of “bait and switch.” They heard the call, “Come to Jesus.” Yet so many Christians feel burdened and weighed down.
As Jesus said, you may be “weary,” a word meaning hard-working to the point of utter exhaustion. You may be weary of idealism. God says, “Be holy.” Man says, “Be idealistic.” During Satan’s temptation of Eve, she said that God commanded, “You shall not eat from it or touch it.” (Genesis 3:3) She added to the Word – God had simply prohibited eating.
I was trying to be a James Dobson kind of dad when my son, Evan, and I were camping. Seeking to seize the teachable moment, I said, “Evan, God made these beautiful mountains just for us!” The little four-year old answered, “He did not make them for me, cause they are too high and too hard!” We sense that about God’s standards, too. You have tried and failed and are weary in the effort. You feel helpless to match the idealism, accommodate the legalism, or eradicate the sins. Therefore, you feel “heavy-laden” or burdened. You feel the weight of rules and the worry of the work.
The answer is not in giving up or burning out but in “coming to Jesus” and “taking His yoke.” Surrender to His Lordship and trust His power. When Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 that His yoke was “easy,” He used a word meaning “well-fitting.” The ox wore a specially tailored yoke. What a relief to find God’s perfect fit!
QUESTION: Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Is there something that you are struggling to do that God has not necessarily commanded?