Abundant Life

Casting off Heaviness

 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. 
-Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV

Last night I felt heavy, weighed down with grief. I was longing to do more and simultaneously overwhelmed by physical pain. I was looking at the state of the world and crying out: what can do?! I feel so weak!

A friend of mine sent me a prayer for peace when I reached out to her with a pretty pathetic text message, my cry for someone to see me and understand. Her message was sweet, pointing me to Jesus. Exactly what I needed. As I reflected, I felt the Holy Spirit direct my heart to a revelation that immediately brought me peace.

Today, it’s ready to be shared.

When Jesus talked about His yoke being easy and His burden light, I’ve often skimmed over the words. I can’t easily relate to a message about yokes, it’s out of my scope of experience and knowledge. So I skim over, content with the broader understanding of the message Jesus is conveying.

But last night I stopped longer on those words, because I suddenly became aware that if Jesus’s yoke is easy and His burden is light, but I feel so heavy, then there’s something not quite right in my heart.

So, what really is a yoke? And what burden is He referring to?

Thank you Google for the yoke reference: a yoke is a wooden beam tethered to two animals, or sometimes just one, that enables them to carry their load.

I believe our yoke is actually Jesus’s righteousness that has set us free from sin. It gives us strength to walk out our days.

Our burden is light when we understand that it’s not about us. We come to God as an act of love and thankfulness for what He’s done through Jesus Christ.

He calls us to live holy lives, and there are practical ways of doing this, but our lived out expressions of our faith cannot, will not, create heaviness or fatigue.

Paul reminds us in Philippians 4 that God will supply our every need, and David reminds us in the Psalms that God is our Shepherd, and we lack nothing in Him.

If I am tired or heavy, then my heart has charted off course. I’ve become weary trying to do things on my own strength. I’ve forgotten the foundational truths of our faith, truths that bring freedom!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. 
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 
-Galatians 5:1 NIV

Time for a reset.

Time to put on a garment of praise, to worship victoriously.

Time to sit and soak in the Word rather than scroll social media.

Because the battle has already been won, and our momentary troubles are entirely outmatched by the wonders of glory that await.

Is Jesus’s work on the Cross enough? Then it’s time to cast off the heaviness and run the race set before us, because it’s meant to be easy and light.

Last night I went to bed peaceful. Thankful. I was able to rest because I let go of the “me” factor that brought on such heaviness.

Jesus is enough, Friends!

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