Lord I am…

September 8th, 2019

When the mountain of issues that must be dealt with seem to coalesce, at the same point in time, and you are already worn from the pursuit of goals and objectives, personal, family, professional, and spiritual; there comes a point when the best way to describe our condition as ‘weary’.

God doesn’t really desire us to be found in this condition, Jesus said…

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly 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 (CSB)

A few issues sprint go mind if we if we personalize this passage

Come to me, Kip when you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and Kip, you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Go ahead and read it again but this time insert your name in place of mine.

When we feel the burdens mounting and our strength dissolving rapidly. We can and should take solace in the power of our redeemer to carry us through those struggles.

Which begs the question; if we find ourselves in a weary state and feel every wall pressing in on us, are we placing a greater focus on those things that are bearing down on us than the one who extracts us from our debt of sin?

It is virtually impossible to honestly be praising Jesus and remain encumbered by the challenges of this life.

We tend to set priorities for everything we do, regardless of if we realize it or not.

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4 (CSB)

It doesn’t matter if you work in a factory, maintain a home, drive a truck or are a white collar professional; we all, automatically set priorities.

If you are a homemaker and care for your family full time. If you daughter has dance practice at a particular day and hour, that becomes an important priority for you to attend to.

If you work on a farm, there are seasons that you must plant to be able to harvest at the appropriate time and if you don’t attend to the health of your plants and livestock, your yields will seriously suffer, if not completely evaporate.

If you’re a medical doctor, there is professional retraining that must be continually updated to allow you to be apprised of the latest medical knowledge and practice. Not to mention, the schedule to provide care for your patient.

If you are into technology, you realize that the half-life of that technology is a short three-year span. And in only six years everything you’ve learned about the technology has effectively been replaced by new, better, and faster.

Our very existence in this world demands that we set priorities.

Where we fail is that we allow the worlds priorities to surpass our ultimate priority.

This isn’t something that we can brush off, and simply endure. If Jesus is our top priority; our main focus, the rest will fall into place, or drop away.

Jesus also said…

“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:34-36 (CSB)

The influence of worldly worries are planted in each of our paths, to provide a means of distracting us from that which we are to give the highest priority. The enemy figures if he can slip enough things into our agenda day by day, eventually he can overload our intended loyalty, diverting us from what God’s purposed for our lives.

It requires a concerted effort to remain focused on Jesus and keeping His directives in our lives at the top of our priorities list. At the same time, doing so reaps immeasurable rewards.

Continuing from where we left off in Colossians…

Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.

Colossians 3:5-10 (CSB)

God isn’t asking us to give up anything, He is prompting us to reach for that which is incorruptible and has everlasting value.  “Put off the old self” and “put on the new self”! As we put on the new and embrace that which is of eternal value, the things that are temporary will fall away, unneeded and undesired. Along with the burdens of this world, and we soon find that we are no longer “Weary!

In His Grace!

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