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IBC Women’s Blog March 15, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog March 15, 2019

Will you carry my bags? By Jodie Montgomery

I can be a bit of a klutz. Not only that, I insist on carrying as much as I can in one load to save some footsteps or to rush onto the next task. This means that sometimes my full arms bump stuff and I end up with a bigger mess or being a nuisance to the bumped. This means I ignore others offers to help. But I just cannot seem to give up the loads I create. I just cannot seem to look to another to help me with my baggage.

In my Bible study this week, I am confronted by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Burden Bearer. I read  “Think about the burdens of life. Financial burdens-debt, bank account, mortgage, the future. Physical burdens-health, illness, disability, disease. Emotional and mental burdens-conflict, grief, depression, anger. Sometimes it seems not a day goes by that life doesn’t hand out some sort of burden to add to the load.

The context in which Jesus presents Himself as the Burden Bearer is unusual. Jesus rebukes His covenant people for their hard hearts and self-sufficiency. The Law had become an obstacle that kept them from simply coming to Him. Layers of religious legislation dictated conduct in relationships, health, work, and worship. The Law was the greatest burden of all.

The Jews were trying to earn God’s favor by working as hard as they could to keep all of the rules, many of which they had created themselves. The religious leaders demanded the people come to the Law for salvation. Jesus invited all the weary and broken sinners to come to Him.” (Big Dream Ministries)

My heart resonates with this teaching as I know my focus on achieving and doing what’s right is never sufficient to grant holiness. I increase my heavy load as I dwell on what I perceive as others’ perceptions of me. I even go back to pick up loads I once knew I couldn’t carry. The Law, the character of God, was to help me see my need of the Burden Bearer. I cannot carry perfection on my own. I need His grace, His saving grace, His righteousness, His imputed righteousness, His love, His redeeming love, His holiness, His just holiness, His power, His almighty power to lift my head.

God delights in taking the burden of the Law off my bent back. My extra-large suitcase of self-righteousness, which I cannot manage without knocking down another, can be replaced by His easy yoke of grace when I learn to rest in Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is our Burden Bearer…Rejoice!

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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