“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)
Would you like to lose some weight? I’m not talking about reducing your waistline, but rather, the face lines that show the emotional and mental burdens we carry daily. And I won’t be suggesting another diet plan from Dr. so and so, but a spiritual weight loss plan prescribed by Christ in the verse above.
First, Christ reminds us to recognize we are emotionally overweight, “weary and burdened,” by unnecessary stresses. While extra body weight shows easily, emotional weight can be harder to notice, especially since we have grown so accustomed to feeling a certain way. To start this weight loss plan we need to come to Christ and pray, “Search me O God and know my heart, see if there is any extra weight in me and lead me to a lighter life” (cf. Psalm 139:23-24).
Secondly, we must release the weight God reveals, and “cast” our “burden upon the Lord” (Psalm 55:22 NASB). This will require us to “learn from” Christ a new perspective on our burdens, but also to be “humble in heart,” allowing God to carry the things we have mistakenly (and proudly?) kept for ourselves.
Finally, Christ invites us not only to lose something, but to replace it with His relatively “easy,” lighter yoke, enabling us to be controlled and clothed with Him instead of our worldly weight.
Join us this week as we take a look at potential extra weights in our life, recognize the lie that makes them heavy, and embrace the truth that makes them light.