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 reminding you that Jesus does not want you to be weighed down, as if you were carrying the weight of the world on your 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, we’re looking at it from the individuals’ perspective.
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 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 just 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, financial or otherwise, envision yourself releasing your burdens one by one into Jesus’ hands. 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 one by one.