“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Are you carrying a burden of some sort?
How long have you been carrying it?
Have you shared your burden with anyone?
Burdens cause us pain and sorrow.
Burdens push us for relief from the struggle.
Where Does The BURDEN Come From?
DISAPPOINTMENT IN OTHERS
UNMET EXPECTATIONS IN OURSELVES AND OTHERS AND GOD
All of us have burdens. Maybe you are one who struggles with pain, trials, and troubles you can’t let go. Maybe some of us or many of us are just plain weary of struggling.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
WHEN you have a burden, bring it to the LORD unconditionally. Why? Because if you want God’s help, then you have to give Him room to work. Jesus wants us to let Him bear our burdens. He is our burden bearer. He knows what’s best. He alone understands us and our situation. He is tenderhearted toward us because He loves us. He knows our thoughts and the intents of our heart. He can be trusted. He doesn’t gossip. Your cares are secure with Him. His wisdom is solid and sound, never changing.
Here are some verses that tell us what the Bible says…
Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV) “Come to me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Psalm 38:4 “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Psalms 55:22 – “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 – “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all our care upon him; for he careth for you.”
John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 11:30 – “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Acts 15:28 – “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;”
Galatians 6:5 – “For every man shall bear his own burden.”
Galatians 6:2 – “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Psalm 145:8-9: “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”
If you have not yet trusted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, that’s the first step. He alone is able and willing to sort out the issues that bring you so much pain and sorrow. Allow Him room to work in your life. Give Him time to work things out. Trust the outcome.
The best way to understand how Jesus can bear our burdens is by bearing the burdens of others.
What do you do when someone shares their burden with you?
Point them to Jesus!
You may find you are often a burden bearer for others. When you begin to help others bear their burdens, you also begin to gain an understanding of the role of “Burden Bearer”. It is the nitty gritty of ministry! You begin to understand why Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified and rose again. No greater love than to bear the burden of our sin. Jesus works in our lives through His Word and through others. He allows us the privilege of bearing the burdens of others.
HOW DO WE HELP?
We pray and point this one to Jesus and His Word.
We support and encourage.
We weep together.
We are compassionate in the midst of suffering, even as He is, howbeit imperfectly.
Reminder: We cannot personally bear the burdens of others, but we can point them to Jesus and we can pray for them. We can share Scripture to teach Biblical truths. We can exhort to righteousness. This is what “loving others” means.
THOUGHTS ON SERVICE:
It’s not easy to love others. We struggle with finding time. We struggle with attitude problems-ours and theirs. We struggle with our natural selfishness. We struggle. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to love others, our love is not reciprocated. We may even experience rejection. There are no guarantees that when we follow Jesus’ example of serving others, that we will be appreciated. However, if we are looking for a return on our love, then we will be disappointed more often than not. We aren’t to love in order to gain something for ourselves. We are to love with no strings attached. That means we need to get rid of our expectations.
HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE BURDEN BEARER
Have a willingness to:
be alone if necessary
be a servant
be led by the Spirit
pray for others
be merciful – “let them down easy”
heal and restore relationships
avoid tyrannical authority
Prepare for service…
Taking on the burdens of others is work! We can’t do it in our own. We need to pray for wisdom and guidance on how to help. We need to seek counsel from specific resources, agencies, etc. if necessary. Pray for this person. Meet immediate needs or find help. Offer encouragement. Exhort to righteousness by sharing what God’s Word says. Encourage confession and repentance, and encourage restoration. Listen, listen, listen. Confront when necessary in a loving manner without condemning. Confront with truth from God’s Word. Stick to the facts, don’t attack. Point this hurting one to righteousness.
God knows we will have struggles. He gives us burdens so we might turn to Him and stay near to Him. He teaches us to take them to Jesus who is the bearer of our burdens. Jesus loves you and cares what happens to you. Jesus is the perfect burden bearer. He is trustworthy, never gossips. Jesus understands your situation. Jesus’ wisdom is solid and sound. His truths never change. Jesus knows what’s best in all situations.
LET JESUS WORK IN YOUR LIFE!
Copyright 2018 by Linda Hull