|For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:30|
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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
I don’t know about you, but I have trouble forgiving myself. For some reason I expect a level of perfection from myself that I would never expect from someone else.
|Baggage gets heavy and holds us back.|
Somewhere deep inside is the fear that God has finally reached the limit of His patience with me and with my constant sin and shortcomings. Just writing this makes me shake my head because it’s so far from the truth. But I’m sad to say it’s something I struggle with.
The result of this lack of forgiveness is that I carry a lot of baggage that I don’t need to. I’m weighed down with past sins that God has long since forgiven. I also carry the baggage of unconfessed sin because I’m fearful of returning to God over and over again asking forgiveness for the same thing.
At times, I add the baggage of my own refusal to forgive someone else. I hold on to the way they’ve hurt me and try to make it into some kind of armor against getting hurt again. But that’s not what it is. Unforgiveness is just more weight to carry.
That kind of weight can weigh a person down.
Baggage is something I need to get rid of. I need to drop it at the feet of Jesus and leave it there.
|Luggage equips us for our travels.|
Luggage, on the other hand, is something that equips us for our travels. My luggage consists of the things that God has blessed me with. It also includes the lessons I’ve learned through the struggles and the triumphs of walking with God.
- It’s the Bible verses I’ve memorized.
- The praise songs that run through my mind.
- The stories I’ve heard about God’s faithfulness.
Everyone needs some luggage to be equipped for the journey has God in store for us. The trick is to get rid of the baggage.