This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
Today I am thinking about what it feels like when we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Sometimes there can be no greater stress than financial stress. Recently, we talked about the time when Jesus chased the money changers out of the temple because it had become more of a marketplace than a place of worship. We specifically looked at it from the operations perspective, but today, let’s look at the individual.
During these times, fees were paid based on a percentage of a person’s daily wage. Imagine a family first having to endure the cost of traveling to Jerusalem just to celebrate Passover. Then, they had to set aside their tithes and their temple tax. On top of that, they were burdened with the exchange of their currency, which was essentially a tax on top of a tax.
Even worse, if they wanted to bring an animal to sacrifice, they had to pay for that. If the animal was deemed unacceptable, they would have to buy another animal. They were burdened in so many ways.
Jesus reminds us that he doesn’t want us to be weighed down like that. If you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, whether it’s financial or a relationship, envision yourself releasing your burdens one by one into Jesus’ hands right now. Hold onto these words: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
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So today, release those burdens to Him one by one.