It Ain’t Heavy
In Kenya I have to carry my computer bag with my Mac, iPad, iPhone, and all the power cords everywhere I go. Go to breakfast at 7:00 AM, you take your bag. Go to dinner at 8:30 PM, you pack up your bag and take it along. Even locked up in your hotel room, your valuables aren’t safe. There is one place, however, where I never got to carry my computer bag.
In the morning when we arrived at the Bridge Church where we were having the conference, as soon as I stepped out of the van, one of the young men grabs my bag, gave me a big smile, and carried my backpack inside. The entire time I taught, they wouldn’t let me carry my own bag. They insisted on honoring me by carrying my load.
In Jesus’ day the experts in the Law argued relentlessly over how to apply the Mosaic Law to daily life. They added a lot of regulations and like religionists everywhere, they sucked all the joy out of seeking to worship God.
In yesterday’s devo we listened as Jesus let the Pharisees have it for missing God’s love and justice as they argued about minutiae, pride fully soaked in all the perks of professional religious leadership, and yet inside they were dead spiritually. When a lawyer at the table responded to Jesus’ criticism by expressing that Jesus had offended him, instead of backing away from conflict Jesus turned up the heat even more. He matches the three judgments He hurled at the Pharisees with three more against the legal experts. Here’s the first one.
“Now one of the legal experts answered and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, these things you are saying—you’re insulting us.’
Jesus said, ‘And you experts in religious law! Woe to you! Why? Because you load people down with burdens hard to carry, yet you won’t even lift one finger to help carry the load.” - Luke 11:45-46
We concluded our Truth Encounter School of Ministry Conference and for three days we tried to help bishops, pastors and lay folks from all over this area carry their load of ministry. When we exposed the grace, forgiveness, and power that Jesus alone can give, and that we don’t have to struggle to obey the Law because God writes His Law on our hearts when we trust His Son, they shouted, “Hallelujah.” And I don’t have to understand Swahili to get that message.
“Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Calvary, Calvary. Burdens are lifted at Calvary. Jesus is very near.”
LORD, thanks for allowing me to shake hands and look into the beaming eyes of hundreds of Kenyan believers as they received their certificates for attendance at our Biblical Leadership Conference. Thanks, Jesus, for the fact that You are still saying, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
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