Take a Load off

Carlo Mendoza

"Come tome, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-20

Last week, a merion sheep from Australia named ”Chris” made headlines. Now this is no ordinary sheep, but rather a world-record-breaking sheep. Chris the sheep was spotted by hikers who, at first glance, thought a cloud fell out of the sky. However, what they were actually looking at was a sheep with an overgrown coat of wool; weighing in at nearly 90 pounds, which is almost as much as the weight of the sheep alone!

You see, one day Chris wandered away from the flock and ended up in the wild for what was estimated to be five to six years. Since he no longer had a shepherd to care for him, which included shearing his wool, he was left with this extreme burden of weight. In fact, his coat was so heavy that he could hardly walk and was so shaggy that he could barely see. Not to mention, that if he had happened to fall over, he would have been unable to get back on his feet, leaving him exposed to both the elements and to predators as well.

The Bible is replete with references of how humans are much like sheep. One comparison is that we are prone to go our separate way and not follow God’s leading (Isaiah 53:6). The danger in this is when we choose to turn from following our Good, Great, and Chief Shepherd, (John 10:11, Hebrews 13:20, 1 Peter 5:4), we will end up vulnerable to attack and aimless without direction.

As a Christian, if you ever find yourself in this predicament, you can be encouraged to know that the Lord is your Shepherd and His rod and His staff will comfort you (Psalm 23:1, 4b). God will come looking for His lost sheep, He will bring them back home, and He will remove the crippling weight of sin and shame (Luke 15:4-7). So if you are carrying an enormous load of guilt, or worry, or doubt, or addiction, or depression, let Jesus Christ take a load off. He will alleviate your burden and give rest to your soul.

"For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."  I Peter 2:25

Father, in the name of Jesus Christ I come to You with my heavy burden. I can no longer bear the weight of this load alone. I trust that You will teach me what I need to learn and I thank You for the peace that You promise to provide. Amen.



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