“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:29-30, KJV
This scripture, so commonly spoken of, has been rolling around in my spirit lately. It’s a simple scripture that is filled with profound wisdom.
So often in life, we allow others to place burdens upon us, or pick up burdens ourselves. These include the burden of busyness, the burden of stress, or the burden of not being good enough.
Many a parent has been pressured to let their child(ren) participate in extracurricular school activities that take up so much time. In many cases, meetups for these activities eat up time that would’ve otherwise been spent in church. When we as parents allow something (even something wholesome) to take the place of attending church as a family, we’re putting our priorities out of order. If we take on so much time consuming activities (even if it’s volunteer work for a great cause) that we’re no longer to pray, read the Word of God, or attend church like we should, we’ve put on the burden of busyness.
Who isn’t suffering from chronic stress these days? There is simply so much to worry about! We all either have lost loved ones, health issues, relationship problems, a toxic work environment, grief caused by the death of a friend or family member (or maybe all of the above?), or know someone that does. Not to mention what’s happening in the world globally. Thanks to technology such as Facebook, we’re bombarded with what we should be worrying about today. We instantly know there’s been a kidnapping, a traffic accident, or a new political scandal. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Yet, day after day, we wear the burden of stress.
It’s safe to say that most of us have felt the sting of not being good enough in our lives, and probably more than once. Often, this is feeling of inferiority is caused by how others perceive us. But, what about how God sees us? “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31, KJV The Lord has place immeasurable value upon us. Sure, to others we might not seem like much, but to the Lord? We were worth dying for. When we decide to find our worth in other people’s opinions of us instead of what the Lord says is our true worth, we are picking up the burden of not being good enough.
The Lord doesn’t want us to be burdened down by all these unnecessary distractions and discouragements. His burden is light. We were never meant to carry all of these man-made burdens and heaviness. We were meant to take on the yoke of the Lord that our soul might find rest.