I’ve been considering the reason for weariness in our lives; the reason so many of us are tired, exhausted of fighting. Turns out there are three potential sources for the disease of feeling burdened.
How do I always seem to miss this part of these verses?
Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29)
Finding rest for our souls comes when we take on the yoke we were made to carry AND we learn from Christ how to carry it.
#3 We are weary because we have not learned from Christ
I gotta be honest: this resonates with me. A lot.
I am exhausted because even though I am (I hope) spending myself on the ‘right yoke’ – I am carrying it wrong.
I’m like a bull who is trying to pull the yoke with his teeth, instead of wearing it around his neck.
Ever wonder why so many of us in ministry feel burnt out? We start with such a brightness and a boldness. We are so joyful at having our own yoke removed. We have such an excitement about carrying the yoke of Christ and pulling for His cause.
And in the midst of all that eagerness, we forget to take the time to obey the call to ‘learn from Him’ how to carry this new yoke.
The yoke of Christ can’t be carried the same way that we once carried the yoke of our selfish ambitions. We are used to moving our goals forward by pursuit of self, by fighting against obstacles, by pushing back on those who seek to get in our way.
But, the mission of God, can only be moved forward by humility and gentleness. And guys – that is totally unnatural. That takes learning from Christ. That takes constantly listening to His Spirit and learning from His gentle and lowly heart.
If I go forth to labor for Christ without a meek spirit, I shall very soon find that there is no rest in it, for the yoke will gall my shoulder. Somebody will begin objecting that I do not perform my work according to his liking. If I am not meek I shall find my proud spirit rising at once, and shall be for defending myself; I shall be irritated, or I shall be discouraged and inclined to do no more, because I am not appreciated as I should be…
The lowly heart finds the burden very light because it acquiesces in the divine will. The lowly heart says, “Not my will but thine be done; let God be glorified in me, it shall be all I ask. Rich, poor, sick, or in health, it is all the same to me.
If God the great One has the glory, what matters where such a little one as I am may be placed?”
If it be poor, “Never mind,” says the lowly one, “I never aspired to be rich; among the great ones of this earth I never desired to shine.”
If it be denied honor, the humble spirit says, “I never asked for earthly glory, I seek not mine own honor but his that sent me.Why should I be honored, a poor worm like me? If nobody speaks a good word of me, if I get Christ to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” that is enough.
And if the lowly-hearted have little worldly pleasure, he says, “This is not my place for pleasure, I deserve eternal pain, and if I do not have pleasures here I shall have them hereafter. I am well content to abide my time.”