Why is a burden a burden? (One Thing)

Jesus said, “my burden is light.” From our perspective, a burden is a burden. It’s something too heavy to bear. Or,  we can say that when something crosses the threshold of our comfort zone, it becomes a burden.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).

Regarding this, Jesus said, “learn from me.” What can we learn from Jesus’ life about carrying a “light” burden? It is obvious that Jesus was more concerned about doing his Father’s will than anything else. He respected his family, but his heavenly Father’s desire came first.

At the home of Martha and Mary, Jesus says to Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary…” For Jesus, that “one thing” was listening to the words of Jesus (Luke 10:41).

Your burden will be much lighter when only “one thing” is on your shoulders rather than all the expectations of everyone around you.

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