No Beast of Burden
Just in case you wondered, of course I got the title to today’s blog from the Stones. I’m not going to avoid it. I’m going to embrace it. After all, it’s one of the great songs by the world’s greatest rock and roll band. Period.
Maybe you’ve felt like what Mick sang about, though. Maybe you’ve felt like a beast of burden. You haven’t had a physical burden placed upon you by anyone , but you know all about emotional burdens that people put on you. You know all about spiritual burdens that people put on you. And you know all about the burdens that other put on you in the name of Jesus. And what are the results?
You’re tired. You’re weary. You’re exhausted. You don’t know where to turn. You’re looking for an out. What do you want?
You want what Christ says He will give you. Why? Becasue He say, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” He is gentle and will give you rest. His yoke is easy. His burden is light.
You approach cautiously. You’ve heard that there are commandments. And yes, there are. Fortunately for you, though, these are different commandments. His commandment is to love. That’s it. Love. Love God. Love your brother. Love your neighbor. Love your enemy. Love. And He makes you a promise. He promises you that this commandment is not burdensome. This one will not weigh you down. This one will not be a burden. A light burden that is not burdensome.
You’ll never be His beast of burden.
You’re no beast of burden.
Have you ever felt weary and tired from the burdens other try to place on you? Do you now? Do you know Christ?