Thursday, April 09, 2015

Get Rid of This Burdens

Acts 21:3 KJV
Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.

It is the nature of a shipping vessel to regularly "unlade her burden". While she is constructed specifically for the purpose of carrying a burden, without frequent stops to "unlade her burden" she will soon become useless. She was not constructed to keep her burden, only to carry it to the next port. To hold on to the burden is unnecessary and wrong. To keep adding burdens on top of those not yet unladen could cause the ship to flounder and risk shipwreck.

I would never try to convince a person that, if they will become a believer or, as a believer, if they would just walk closely with Jesus, they will never have burdens. Life on this planet is a life of burdens.
·       Some of them are the result of sin and Satan
·       Some burdens are the will of God for us as He molds us in to the image of His Son
I would never advocate an attempt to live life without burdens and responsibilities. But neither would I encourage that believer to carry those burdens without regular stops to unlade the burden.

That harbor at which we unload is Jesus Christ. Regular and frequent stops to meet with the Lord, to hear what He has to say in His Word and to give to Him these burdens that we carry; these are the things that keeps us from sinking in the storms of life.

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