A very good friend of mine, Keith, asked this very simple question during our small group on Sunday night… Every one of us had discovered some very ugly, hurtful and sinful things in our lives, but we thought the discovery was the solution, or the end, or the fix, but it’s wasn’t…
Just think for a moment about some of the ugliness you have inside of you. Maybe a poor attitude, maybe you say some hurtful things, maybe you think terrible thoughts about others, maybe you are lazy, or you might be trapped by the way you were raised… The list is endless… But what do we do when we realize these things?
I think often times we make these discoveries and God shows us some things we need to “work” on but we freeze. The reality is, we think it’s just too hard to change…
Have you ever wondered why you don’t want to change? Have you ever sat and talked with God about why you stay bitter, angry, hurtful, judgmental, (fill in the blank)? Maybe it’s because you don’t trust God to do a work in you.
I love what the ancient Jewish carpenter had to say. And, maybe you missed something very important when you’ve read it in the past. He said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”
How many of us have read this and say to ourselves, “Why is it still so hard to change? Jesus promised it would be easy, but it’s not…” But what did he really say?
“…and my burden is light.”
Did you catch that? He said that following Him still involves a burden, a work, something we have to do in our walk. Simply put, we have our part in our healing, in our change… But it’s a burden that is “light” and we often don’t trust that.
Take some time and ask God what needs to change in your life BUT, be ready to put on His burden. It’s restful, it’s gentle and it’s humble, but it’s also light. You just need to make the steps towards Him and he will help carry the load. Just remember, it takes a partnership with Christ in order for us to heal.