Share the Load with One Who Provides Strength

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Share the Work because Freedom is found only Together - A Studio 1-37 Original ImageSometimes asking for help it isn’t easy. Maybe we don’t want to admit we can’t do ”it” alone or perhaps admitting we need help just makes us feel out of control. Whatever the reason, I know that I often find that I don’t want to share my burdens with others either. So, I find myself struggling to get a task done, overwhelmed with pressing responsibilities, or frustrated at the impossibilities of life as I forge ahead by myself. Sometimes we think we are doing all we can to help ourselves but, if we are going through life alone we just aren’t using all the available resources.

Using all available resources is life altering and the lesson that eight-year-old Bobby learned while helping his dad with the yard work. Dad asked him to remove the rocks in the corner by the fence so he could till up the earth for the new garden bed. Dad looked over and saw him struggling to pull up a huge rock buried in the dirt.

Bobby struggled and struggled while Dad watched. Finally, the boy gave up and said, ”I can’t do it.” Dad asked, ”Did you use all of your strength?” The little boy looked hurt and said, ”Yes, sir. I used every ounce of strength I have.” Bobby’s father smiled and said, ”No, you didn’t. You didn’t ask me to help.” The father then walked over and the two of them pulled that big rock out of the dirt together. Bobby learned that freedom from the struggle occurs only when you ask for help.

Share the Load, Share the Freedom

There is freedom found in sharing the loads of our life too and it is found in Christ. We can always trust Him to help us bear the loaded burdens of our life. God didn’t design us to get through life by our own strength but instead to depend upon Him. Yet, many times attempting to go through life alone is exactly what we try to do. We want to solve our problems our own way and usually only call upon Jesus as a last resort. Christ promises rest for our soul if we will simply share our load with Him.

For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light. Matthew 11:30 (NLT)

Yoked seems like a strange and complicated word in today’s world but it is really a simple concept. Years ago, and sometimes today in more rural areas of the world, when the earth needs tilling for the planting of food a yoke is often placed on a pair of animals. This simply means that you are attaching the two animals together to create a pair that works together as one. This allows the work to be accomplished more effectively and efficiently. It also comes with the benefit of not exhausting or burdening one animal with the bulk of the work. So, by sparing the energy of the animals, they are in better health.

Binding Yourself for Life

We must recognize that life is difficult in the world. But by utilizing all our resources we can ease our own energy, spare our health, and make the workload lighter. This occurs by simply binding or attaching ourselves to Jesus. Following Christ doesn’t offer a life of ease but it does offer a partner to relieve our burdens and take the full load off our self. Sharing your life’s responsibilities with Jesus gives you a different perspective which immediately lightens the load. God wants to be your partner to share the challenges, work, and difficulties that may weigh you down if you attempt to go through life on your own.

Look to Christ and share your responsibilities knowing that He has more power and is willing to be up front helping you through each challenging aspect of your life. Turn to God first and trust in Him for the freedom you long for. His binding is easy and He makes your load of burdens lighter.

Don’t go through life alone be challenged to bind yourself to Christ. Allow your convictions to hold true as you trust that Christ is always by your side ready to help simply by asking. Be motivated in knowing that following His commandments are not burdens. And surround yourself in His comfort. Know that the Creator loves and cares for you so deeply that He stands ready to bind Himself to you. Share your life load during all times even when life’s worst struggles are bearing down upon you.

Love in Christ

E.J.

Postscript

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

Extra Study

1 John 5:3

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