Letting Go

Perhaps one of the most profound struggles of the Christian journey involves the fight against carnal, human nature that looks to reasoning for everything.  The problem is that our reasoning in no way can match God’s infinite wisdom.  There are certain things that we as Christians are confronted with that God never intended for us to personally deal with.  There are some things that require us only to trust God, and in doing so we are letting go of what we know our human nature cannot handle.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relive and refresh your souls.]  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.  For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good-not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.  (Matthew 11: 28-30, Amplified)

Labor, as it relates to the previous scriptures, is a general action that reflects our won attempts or engagement in something.  Further study associates this labor with struggle and trouble.  The scripture goes on to address us as loaded down and oppressed, which are unwelcomed and impure characteristics.  God never calls any of us to oppression or struggle, but remaining this way taints us so that we are hindered as being effective spiritually.

This is why Jesus then tells us to take on His works, which is servitude, rather than continue in a state of being burdened by our own works.  When we abide in Him, we study and are taught of Him.  We then learn by focusing on what is of concern to Him that we then possess the power to sustain that which we otherwise could not.  We may bend but we will not break.  This leads to the rest that Jesus is speaking of.  No matter what situations may arise in our lives, there is rest for the weary.  We need only let go of what concerns us, giving it all to Jesus.  We then will be able to focus on His heart, which is gentle and humble, and He will provide relief from our struggles.  Giving it all to Jesus makes our struggles but light afflictions.  When we let go of our concerns, they can no longer weigh us down.

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