Can you believe we are already past the first week of January? Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight this year? I actually committed to the process of shedding my extra pounds Christmas Day. So far, I have lost 13 lbs! Today, however, I want to talk about shedding not your physical weight, but your burdens, disappointments, grudges, or whatever else you are carrying around that is spiritually weighing you down. Jesus stated this:
Jesus offers to trade us our burdens for what He has to give us, a lighter and easier yoke to bear. If you really want to shed some pounds this year, give Him your troubles and allow Him to lighten your load. Jesus did so much for us to give us this opportunity to live free. Soak in this passage from Isaiah:
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.