Do You Have to be Strong Enough?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Many years ago at summer camp when I was a camper they had a giant tug of war and on the final pull they hooked up one side to a speed boat to help them… you can guess who won?
This is the same for us today—on our own we can feel weary and weak but collectively we’re stronger. Even so, we’re fighting forces we don’t know or understand which seek to undermine us, so we desperately need help. In the key scripture Jesus’ yoke is light as he’s there helping us bear it. Jesus has already suffered and died on our behalf, he’s even carried the cross, and we can rest in him knowing all that needs to be done for our salvation has been done already. Our part is to believe this is so, and accept the gift of salvation.
Philippians 4:13 in the New King James says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” People have defied the odds and defied their physical circumstances all over the world and done amazing things in the name of Jesus in the strength of God. Moses isn’t renowned for his singing but after they crossed the red sea he sang, “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2) Moses gave God the credit for saving the people from Egypt. The deliverance from Egypt, especially the plagues and crossing of the Red Sea, are examples of where they could not have physically done it on their own strength. God strengthened them by displaying his power against the Egyptians.
So, what does God give us strength for today? He strengthens us so that we can help and encourage others. Galatians 6:9-10 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” So when the troubles of the world weigh us down, let’s pray for God to uphold us and let’s live in His strength.
Dear God, thank you for helping us through life. Thank you that we can turn to Jesus, and have rest in our souls, knowing that he has done everything necessary for us to have eternal life.
Study by Gary Glenister
About the Author:
Gary Glenister is an Elder for the Cardiff & Llanelli congregations of Grace Communion International in South Wales (known locally as Welcome Christian Fellowship), mainly serving the Llanelli church plant.
He mentions summer camp and that was SEP. S.E.P. is a two-week summer activity camp that takes place on the bank of Loch Lomond, Scotland. It is sponsored and run by the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International. The camp is Christian in ethos but accepts campers from all denominations and faiths, or from none. It is staffed by unpaid, qualified volunteers. Camp this year begins 24 July and finishes 6 August. For more information about S.E.P. visit www.sepuk.org or contact email@example.com
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