His Burden is Light
You know how you hear certain phrases so much that you can complete them after only a few words. It's like muscle memory.
"For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30 KJV)
You did it didn't you? You read the first few words and your mind start giving you the rest. You probably even kept reading to this paragraph without stopping and thinking about what it means.
The challenge with quick recall or "brain muscle memory” is we sometimes plateau and don't revisit these phrases to get a better understanding.
So what does it really mean for His burden to be light?
You don't have to say it aloud, but at times in our walk we tire from the weight or responsibility to put God's work ahead of our own agenda. Many of us don't want to admit it, but there've been moments we felt cheated or we were "missing out" on something.
Through this lens, the mentioned scripture often reminds us that the work we do for Christ isn't as heavy of a burden as if we tried to do it on our own. There’s always going to be some burden we carry having to live in the finite body, but why not choose a light one?
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The traditional meaning of light referring to the weight of the burden is true, but it's not absolute. I read that same scripture for the probably 300th time:
“His yolk is easy and His burden is light."
Think about it. How many times have you wanted to "go clean off" on someone or get revenge, but instead decided to hold your peace (or tongue)?
Or when you were feeling your lowest and still took time out to help someone through a rough patch.
Maybe you did do something out of character, but afterwards sought forgiveness from the person you may have offended.
It's in those moments where others noticed something different about you. Whether they ever admit to it, you were marked in their minds and hearts for Godly reasons. In that moment where you felt burdened with the responsibility of handling those situations the way Christ teaches us-- having to curb your natural indignation for godly expectations-- you showed His light.
There's also this companion scripture that comes to mind for some as well:
Our "light afflictions" are the product of released energy. The sun, candles, the lights in our homes or on our cars all shine as a result of released energy (which is why both fire and bulbs give off heat). Some of those lights dim or go out completely because it's disconnected from its energy source or the components themselves burn out.
Those moments of light burdens or afflictions, where our human nature feels the heat emitted from our spiritual source, can sometimes be so powerful that not only does it impact others, but also burns or shocks us!
It happens when we're sharing our stories or giving advise that we've never given before and we realize how applicable it is to ourselves. Or even when everything around us seems to be caving, but the spirit steps in to give us hope and a “peace that surpasses our understanding.”
So when we feel our light growing dim, reconnect, recharge and prepare to carry His light! That's what’s so great about being connected to the eternal power source: we can constantly renew and reignite!
When you feel a weight or push on your life, remind yourself that this burden is yours to produce light!