This yoke is easy to bearMat 11:28-30. If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light. CEV
Are you worn out serving God or keeping up a good image for friends? If you are maybe you have someone else’s yoke on your shoulders. It is important whilst in Africa we keep in mind the fact that we can’t do everything and help everyone. If we try to meet every need we see we will collapse in a stressed out heap. We are mindful of keeping to the vision we feel God gave us for ministry in Africa.
We see and hear of many people being “burnt out” and I can’t help but wonder if they were trying to please God with extra duties or meeting the needs they see rather than focusing on the task that they set out to do.
Jesus set us the example of doing what He prayerfully felt to do each day, the crowd could not change His focus with their demands. One piece of scripture that keeps me sane is;
Mat 8:16-18 When evening came, people brought to Jesus many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
He did this to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, "He himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases."
When Jesus noticed the crowd around him, he ordered his disciples to go to the other side of the lake. GNB
Here we see Jesus leaving the crowd who came to be healed, a very worthy thing to do but not Jesus’ vision at that this time. After they left two new miracles are recorded, Jesus calmed the storm and He cast demons out of of a man into a herd of pigs, showing us more of Jesus’ power here on earth.
By trying to keep only one yoke on our shoulders and by not pulling the demanding load, maybe then we can have longevity in all we do.
Keep refreshed, God Bless