“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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 (NIV)
Lay Your Burdens Down
Can you hear me calling you? Yes, I can. Come to me now. You are weary and worn out. Yes, I am. You have been carrying a heavy burden. Yes, I have. Would you like to lay your burden down? Yes, I would. Do you have any idea of what burdens you have been carrying? Do you know their names? I know some of them. Tell me about your burdens. What are their names? I have been carrying the weight of my own sin. I am coming to you to receive my forgiveness and cleansing. I am coming to you to live a new life with you. I’m leaving my old sinful life behind. Yes, that is quite a heavy burden. I carried the burden of your sin to the cross so you could be forgiven and cleansed and have a new relationship with me. How do you feel now that you have set that burden down? I feel set free. I feel fresh and alive. I feel much lighter. Yes, you have been set free. Yes you have been given a fresh start. Yes, you are alive in me. You are no longer weighed down by the weight of your sins.
What are you doing now? Right now? Yes, right now. I’m sitting here talking to you. I’m here to listening to all that you have to say to me. How do you feel right now? I feel at peace. I feel like my soul is being restored. As I listen to you I feel like I am being healed in your presence. Why do you feel at peace? I feel like I don’t need to figure everything out. I don’t have to know every answer. I don’t have to know every step I will take in life. Why is that? I can rest here in your presence. You will teach me. You will guide me. You will show me my next steps in life. Yes, I will.
So, as you rest here in my presence what burdens are you actually laying down? I’m laying down the burden of trying to figure out all my next steps in life. You will guide my life. Yes, I will. I’m laying down the burden of relying on myself to guide the course of my life. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I need to know and have all the answers to questions in life. I can ask for and receive wisdom from you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of racing through life. I can rest here in your presence. This is a very good place to be. Yes, it is. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I am all alone in life. You are always with me. You will never leave or forsake me. No, I will not. I’m laying down the burden of my future. My future is in your hands now and forever. One day I will come to live forever in heaven. Yes, you will.
At one time I thought it might be a burden to try to please you. I wondered if I would ever be able to please you. I have also laid this burden down. I know that you love me. Yes, I do. I also love you with all my heart and soul and mind. As I come to you I know you and your love. As I come to you I grow more and more in love with you every day. I am living in your love. Yes, you are. Now it is my joy and no burden at all to do what pleases you. It is the desire of my heart to obey, follow and serve you. Yes, it is.
Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. I was weary and carrying a heavy burden. You forgave my sin and cleansed me within. Now, I am being refreshed in my soul as I am being taught by you. Love has made it no burden to obey, follow and serve you. Amen
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