The Burdens of Life
There are a lot of people in the world today who are bearing burdens far too great for them. What kind of burdens are they? Jesus talks about them in Luke 11:46. He is talking to the church lawyers; they are the worst kind. He says to them, “Woe to you lawyers, as well, for you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear.” These church lawyers believe in salvation by works. They weigh people down with the burden of trying to measure up. It’s the burden of proving yourself to God. The only problem is, you have to be perfect. It’s a burden too hard to bear.
A lot of people today think they have something to prove. They think they have to prove themselves. In the process they also find out it’s a heavy burden. They wind up with frail nerves and ulcers. The thing is, these heavy burdens show us that we are frail. They show us we are weak. They show us our inabilities and sinfulness. But when this happens, we should recognize those weaknesses and sins. Trying to hide them only compounds the burden.
You see, Jesus Christ offers himself to people who recognize their own frailties and sinfulness. Listen, “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 shall find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). Now, when you accept the invitation of Christ, you quit trying to prove yourself. It’s too big a burden. Rather, you trust in Jesus Christ. And you find God through a confession of sin and faith in Christ.
To help you understand this idea, click here and listen to “Seeking and Finding.”