The weight of the world is heavy. It can be excruciating. It can be tiring. It can be overwhelming. It can be suffocating. The weight of the world was never meant for us to carry. Christ our Lord did that for us. However, that doesn't stop us humans from feeling weighed down by the ways of this world.
What does it mean the "weight of the world"?
The weight can be measured in many ways.
Financial. Relational. Occupational. Parental. Spiritual. Physical. Emotional. Material. Mental.
We take on these weights because we want to be successful in these areas, which is understandable. We want:
emotional, physical, mental health
spiritual growth and impact
parental peace and accomplishments
occupational peace and fulfillment
We can't help but to have concern and care for our children, family, friends, jobs, finances, health, and salvation. To have concern is to show our compassion for these things.
The LORD will judge his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. Deuteronomy 32:36
So you handed them over to their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies. Nehemiah 9:27
The human life is not easy. The Christian life is not easy either (despite popular belief or rather misconception). The difference is that the Christian life has a Savior to carry our burdens....to carry us!! The Christian life very well could be more difficult in a sense but we also have a better result, a better solution, a better Provider.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Christ carried the weight of the world literally. On the Cross, He carried every single of every person that was or will ever be committed....now that's HEAVY! He still does that for us. He still carries the weight of our individual worlds. He won't take the burdens without us releasing them to Him. If we ask, He will gladly take our load. We have to GIVE it to Him to carry. If we think we are strong enough to carry it, He will let us, for a time. Only when we realize we can't and we release our clutch, then He will come in and lift the weight from our shoulders. Our shoulders were never intended to carry the "weight of this world".
The love of Christ is so deep.
Sometimes the weight of the world can deceive us.
It can cause us to lose true focus.
It can steal our joy and peace.
It can stir loneliness, depression and fear in us.
Call to me and I will answer... Jeremiah 33:3
To say that we don't or can't fall victim to being weighed down by this world is deception itself. Death, abuse, debt, abandonment, illness, job loss, loneliness, depression, housing, divorce, children, war, rejection, disloyalty...all these weigh on our spirits. They cause the reading on our scales to increase. Jesus is saying give them to Him and decrease your scales. (Now what women doesn't want to see a decrease on those nasty scales?)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Are you heavy and burdened? Come to Christ.
What in this world is weighing on you?
What is it that you need to lay at the foot of the Cross?
Jesus is waiting for you to deposit your weight at His Feet for Him to carry for you.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Releasing Unto Him,
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