Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, May 25th, 2020
Bearing Burdens
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NASB)
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)
For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Matthew 23:4 (NKJV)
The world wants to tie us down with burdens, like stuff, debt, doubt, guilt, anger and worries; weariness, depression and busyness.

We're not surprised by demanding bosses or creditors nagging us for pay-backs. We're accustomed to our family's needs and running around in ceaseless errands.

The One Who exchanged our sins for His grace, the One Who covered our filth with His Blood, is the same One Who offers us freedom from the chains and burdens that exhaust us.

Jesus requests to bear the lion's share of the heaviness weighing down our souls-- and for those of us who believe in Him, He calls us to bear the burdens of others, as His assistants in the noble task.

Here's what Jesus doesn't call us to bear: rulish religiosity in church, where elders impose their own ways on us: ways that look nothing at all like Jesus.

Instead, our leaders should be examples, modeling the One Who lightened our loads.

## Bearing Burdens (Part 4)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bearing series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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