Are you tired? Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?
Sometimes we perfectionists, Type A personalities, and control freaks need to remember that the success of the mission isn’t solely dependent upon us. Somehow we believe that doing everything right guarantees our desired outcome. Unfortunately there are no such guarantees. Even worse, we may subconsciously think our actions will earn us favor with God.
Jesus offers us a better way. Instead of striving to achieve, perform, carry, and control, He calls us to live in a place of rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28).
This invitation from Jesus requires trust. Trust that the Lord is concerned about the things that concern us. Trust that He is at work behind the scenes and deep within the hearts of those we care about. Trust that He will grant us the wisdom to lead others to the next level. Trust that He orchestrates every detail for our good and His glory.
It is possible to thrive in the midst of deadlines, demands, and disappointments. It starts by exchanging our weariness and heavy burdens for the sustaining rest of Jesus. We work faithfully and with excellence, but we rely on His strength.
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith (Hebrews 12:1b-2a).
Jesus is the One who called us to the position we’re in. He is the One with the power to transform and develop us to fulfill His will.
Are you ready to lighten up? It’s time to unload your heavy weight at the feet of Jesus.