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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

He Said Yes

Have you felt the burden of God's call upon your life? That burden is whatever responsibility He has for you. That burden is not meant to be heavy and weigh you down. It is meant to inspire you to greater heights in Him. Perhaps the weight of His burden sometimes feels more than you can bear. It is in that agonizing moment you come closest to understanding Jesus' plea in the garden when he implored His father to release Him, if it was His will, from the sacrifice He was called to make. But because Jesus said “yes” to His Father's will–when you also say “yes” to your Father's will–He carries the weight of your call. When you surrender to whatever God has called you to do, no matter how heavy and difficult you believe, you discover in submission of your own will that the weight of His call is lighter than you ever imagined. 

Just as Jesus had a responsibility to God’s call upon his life, so have we (Romans 11:29). Christ yielded completely to His Father’s desire in every part of His life–greater still to His Father’s purpose on the cross. He submitted willingly, and laid down His life for us. When you answer God’s call “unto the death of your own will” you learn more than obedience and diligence. You learn the joy of sacrifice.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,” Jesus whispers, “for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). “Rest for your soul” is the peace that comes from saying “yes” to the will of God. It is only when you surrender that you are fulfilled. God’s burden is easier when you agree to its call. 

Give away your life,” Jesus implored, “and you'll receive more life in return! You will find real life and blessing when your will is lost in mine” (Luke 6:38)! God has placed His heart and call within the heart of man, and that call means surrender and sacrifice. What is God’s burden for you? Only you can make it resound with His promise. His passion for you took Jesus to the cross. Your passion for Him is revealed in your response to His call.

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