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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lay Aside the Weight...

I've been reading a lot of articles on desiringgod.com that have similar titles beginning with "lay aside the weight of..." I'm here on lunch break having a silent conversation with God in my head and I didn't even know when I whispered: "it's heavy, Lord"

The Build Up 

We go about life with a lot of load that have somehow found a way to hang around our necks at different stages. From the time we were born, we already have baggage waiting on us: family drama,
transferred hurt, abuse and even the mistakes of our parents. As we grow older, we grow into these

baggage and then we begin to accrue our own personal ones too. Some are handed to us through our relationships with others while some, we just choose to hang them on our necks (knowingly or inadvertently) as we experience life. By the time we are adults, old enough to tie our own shoe laces, we are already weighed down, tired out and sometimes burnt out. And then we realize that not even all of the load in the trunk is ours, some found their way in without permission, some we didn't even know they existed.

The Weary
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."-Matthew 11:28
A young boy becomes saved at the age of 7. He's grown but not grown enough to be "laborer" or be "heavy laden", at least in the natural sense of things. So what does Christ see when He makes that statement in Matthew 11:28 ? - The baggage, the load, the repressing weight of sin. We were born into sin, we inherited baggage, from day zero, we already had the weight of hell hanging on our necks. Now, imagine only coming to this realization many years down the line. Imagine climbing up mount Everest with a 50 pound back pack hanging behind you and having not the slightest idea. And halfway through, someone comes beside you to tell you: "man, how have you been going up all this while with that weight behind you, come here, I'll take that for you" He takes the load off your back and you're amazed by how much relief you feel.

Lay Aside the Weight of...
"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."- Matthew 11: 29
"Now, here's the deal. I take your 50 pound back pack but I replace it with a much lighter weight. You still need something for survival on your way up which is why you can't be left empty-handed. Here, take this MUCH lighter weight and carry on with your incline."

Many times in my walk with Christ, He opens my eyes to the baggage hanging around my neck: pride, fear, selfishness, hurt, people-pleasing, etc. Some I have grown so attached to, it's hard to imagine life without them and some I never even saw until the baggage on top was lifted to see what was beneath. Most times, it is just a painful but much needed process. Sometimes, I want to scream: "Lord, why did you let me go holding on to this for so long" and then I am humbled by the grace of God that brings me to the realization of this in the first place.
When you see how much garbage is being taken out of you, YOU.WILL.BE.HUMBLED

As we are being relieved of the weight, we're being replenished with nutrients (fruits of the Spirit). This is the process of Transformation ( Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
And this comes in many different dimensions that we need to be patient and of good courage (Psalm 27:14) to actually let God work it out for our good.

Run Light and Face Front 
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12: 1-2
What is holding you down? Whether you know the answer to that or not does not matter, you're on the right track recognizing that there is actually something. Now, let God show you, heal you and shape you into who He really intended for you to be.  This is your race, your lane, your track. There's no price for coming in first but there's one for finishing, you can't afford to look into other people's lanes. If you have to stop at some point, get some water or even have a snack, that is fine. Do that and carry on. Let God perfect His will in you, even if that means it will take you twice the time to finish the race. It's worth it.

Are you tired? Are you weary? Are you heavy laden? Does it feel like you're tiptoeing while everything else is miles ahead of you? Does it feel stagnant?
Lay aside the weight of anxiety and let God teach you how to run this race light...

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