Is the way you’re living and leading making you more than just tired? As you think about your weariness, does it feel like you are carrying the weight of so many expectations? Are you faced with following the rules for life and leadership that someone else has set for you?
If you are, you are not alone. Jesus has an invitation just for you and I have a question I want you to ask you to consider. I’ve got to warn you…it may be a bit uncomfortable. But in your wrestling, I believe God will reveal the truth…and as Jesus says, the truth will set you free.
Jesus offers us a wonderful invitation in Matthew 11:28-30. He says:
"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."
Many of us wonder...
...Could this invitation really for me?
...Can I still be a good and godly leader and go to Jesus for the type of rest and life He is promising?
...Can I really be a good leader and let go of the burdens?
We tend to think that we have to carry them around with us.
The burdens Jesus was talking about was the load of a burden created by the rites and unwarranted precepts laid upon the people…the rules used to control, influence or regulate their conduct. And He contrasts those types of burdensome yokes with the yoke and burden He desires to give us. His is easy and light.
You see, to live well...to serve others...and to love Jesus doesn’t mean to carry around the weight of everyone else’s expectations and trying to live and lead according to their rules.
Jesus says He will not lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. So if you feel that heaviness, if you feel like there is something ill-fitting, here is a question to ask yourself:
As Paul says in Romans 6...Don't you know you become a slave to whatever you choose to obey? So, who is it? These are hard questions. It's uncomfortable because it forces us to examine and go beneath the surface and see if we are following someone else. But ew have to be careful and make sure that we are obeying JESUS and HIS expectations and not someone else's rules.
God wants to release you from the bondage of being yoked to something other than Jesus.