I have always felt like Jesus’ intense love for us can potentially be a bit heavy. I have heard it said that the level of love He shows, and consequently calls us to, is “a 4-letter word that will cost you everything”. And it’s true. You have to die daily for it. To shed everything that makes you you. Even when friends and family don’t understand.
Then there is following your destiny in Christ, which is a whole other kind of burden. Jesus Himself was described as a ‘man of many sorrows’. To see people with His heart, as we so often pray to do, is to feel their pain and love them through it, to go where they are and pull them out, to bear one another’s burdens. It is heavy. We do it, willingly, and we are happy to and God amazes us daily. He blesses us and loves us too and doesn’t give us more than we can handle. But it is heavy. And of course, we never quite feel good enough.
Then I saw a friend’s facebook status the other day, saying: “God is looking for a yes in our hearts. Stop making excuses for why you ‘can’t’ do things and take the step of faith. It’ll be worth it all. In the ‘yes’ there is true freedom.”
The more I thought about it, the more I realized she was right. Freedom is in the yes. The weight is in the doubt. See, God’s not looking for a yes on our lips. He’s looking for a yes in our hearts. He is looking for someone to desire what He desires, and whose faith transcends even the heaviest of burdens. Faith that knows that Jesus’ love is stronger than even this…..and because Jesus is stronger, even this doesn’t seem all that bad.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the heaviness of it all is a weight we place on ourselves. Jesus even tells us His yoke is easy and His burden light. The weight we feel is often our own unbelief – feelings that we aren’t good enough to handle this, we are inadequate and sinful, or feeling overwhelmed at the darkness of the situation. A heart saying yes, a heart taking the step of faith, knows better. In the yes is freedom. Yes it can be draining and yes to intercede for someone we do need to bear their burdens. But the heart taking the step of faith knows we aren’t ever bearing them alone.
In the yes is freedom.
Thank you Jesus for giving me friends who have such a great perspective!