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Weighed down

Weighed down

By on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

“Doing church” has become so time consuming and draining lately.  There are rotas for this and meetings for that.  There are meetings for deciding about when we will meet and what we will do when we meet and rotas to cover everything that will need to be done.  There are so many things that seem to be needed it becomes hard to prioritise what is really important. Jesus did tell us that it would not be easy to be Christians in the world (John 16:32). There may be times of persecution, of pain and illness, of loneliness and frustration, times when life is just a bit difficult and everything seems to go wrong for us. We have enough trouble in this life without the church adding to people’s hardship with the demands that we are placing on ourselves and others. There are always opportunities in the church to serve. This is important and Jesus was our model, not coming to be served but to serve and lay down his life as the ultimate sacrifice.  However Jesus also showed us that life is not all about rushing around being busy all the time.  In the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10) one sister is sitting down whilst the other is doing all the work.  It always surprises me (and I know the story quite well!) that Jesus tells Martha she is “worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening, and was commended for this. Jesus said that we should come to him when we are weary and he will give us rest.  We are to take his yoke on us and learn from him because his burden is easy and his yoke is light (Matthew 11).  The mention of the burden and the yoke implies that there is some work to be done – it’s not all about sitting listening and not ever doing!  But when the work comes from the Lord there is a sense of easiness, of lightness.  It’s not something that weighs us down so much we can...

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