While driving around town one Wednesday evening, I passed several people walking down the street. The way they were walking caught my attention. Some carried backpacks almost as big as they were. One man in particular pulled a cart loaded with odds and ends. Beads of sweat began to form on his forehead. They walked in the direction of a neighborhood church. I pulled over, rolled down my window and called out to the man with the cart.
“Are you having a special event at church?” I asked.
“No, Ma’am. We’re just having our usual Wednesday night bible study and prayer meeting.”
I became confused. “Do you need something in particular for your study?”
“No,” he said, “just the Bible.”
“Well, what is all the stuff in the cart?”
He looked at the cart. “These are some of the things I’ve picked up along the way. I tote them with me everywhere.”
As Christian men and women, sometimes we are saddled with excess baggage. We have taken the first step and accepted Jesus Christ into our lives. But, are we carrying the appropriate equipment for the rest of the journey?
The book of Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”(KJV)
Many of us are still carrying the “old man” on our “new” backs. We don’t know how to get rid of our sinful nature, so we sling it behind us out of our view until we figure out what to do with it. Unfortunately, this does not take care of the problem. It only delays the inevitable. In time, we become weighted down with guilt and “hidden” sin.
Our sin is hidden from everyone except God. He does not want us to become content with our situation. If we live our daily lives ignorant of sin, we might as well be back in the world. We are of no use to ourselves or God. Followers of Christ were never meant to live that way.
According to 1 Peter 5:7, we are to be “casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”(KJV) When Jesus was crucified, he bore the weight of our sin within His body. We no longer have to carry the burden.
How heavy are our hearts? If we are still carrying the burden of sin, we should fall to our knees right now and ask God to lift the load. Allow Him to give us the proper “heart”itude for the journey.
In St. Matthew 11:29-30, Jesus says “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden in light.”(KJV) We should pray away the “old man” and clothe ourselves in compassion, love, mercy, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and peace. Walking, while carrying these items, will not put a strain on our back or weigh down our hearts.