Thursday, October 27, 2016

Acts 21:2-4 (KJV) Put Down Your Burdens Here and There

Acts 21:2-4 (KJV)And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.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.And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
A ship is built to transport burdens. It is not build to store them and carry them forever.
The ship would stop at one port to pick up a burden and stop again to unlade the same. It would serve no purpose for the ship to sail always empty but neither would it to sail without unlading. The point is not to carry but to transport.
There is a picture here of the profitable Christian. It is worthless for him to
  • never serve, 
  • never grow in grace 
  • never bear a burden 
But it is equally useless for him to bear burdens needlessly.
A burden without purpose is wasted weight.
A burden that is never unlade is devastating to the ship.
The profitable Christian learns the plan of God and employs himself in bearing that burden. He or she also unloads the burden for new ones from time to time. He discovers a destination for the glory of God and makes that voyage. From there he discovers the next destination and gives his all to it. It is a series of ports to his final destination. Once this current voyage is completed, and not before, the focus is set on the next.
Profitability is found not in living burden free or in carrying needless burdens. The profitable Christian simply transports the plan of God for his life from one port to the next until he reaches home.
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Acts 21:2-4 (KJV) Put Down Your Burdens Here and There

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