If you carry any burden long enough, you will get tired. If you don’t agree with me, go to the gym and lift some weights. You can do it only so long before your muscles become weary.
But Christ told us, “My burden is light.”
It’s been 43-some years since I began this journey serving Christ, and I wish I could say, “Life is wonderful. I am on the top of the mountain. I have no discouragements, no problems. The yoke is easy and the burden is light.” I wish I could tell you this, but I can’t.
The yoke does not seem easy; the burden does not seem light. So how do we survive? That is the question.
I remind myself of this reality: Jesus said, “My yoke.” He’s not saying, “I’m going to create a yoke for you; you better carry it. I’ll give you a lot of blessings for it.” No. He said, “It’s Mine. My burden is light.”
The answer is simply this: It is His burden. It is His strength, power, grace and presence that make it possible for us to serve and follow Him.
I have carried many burdens in my life. But often they’re not His burdens. I created them. And, as a result, my life becomes more difficult and painful. In the end, the Lord says to me, “I didn’t do this. You created this.” Then all I can do is repent and listen to Him.
The most significant thing in this life is to know Him and understand Him and then do what He tells us to do. And in the end, even if life is full of struggles or agony, we can say, “It’s okay.” It won’t be without tears and pain, but our hearts will be filled with peace, not strife.
Many of our brothers and sisters on the field, too, like Daha and Sachh and Jaideep, experience loneliness, rejection and weariness. Your prayers and generosity are encouraging them as they continue to walk alongside Christ and learn to accept only His burdens. As we approach Christmas, I pray you may be filled with comfort knowing that because Christ humbled Himself and came down to earth, His grace, power and presence are available for our every need. Let us rest in His sufficiency.