My Yoke Is Easy and My Burden Is Light
My yoke is easy and My burden is light
Mark 8:34-36 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
My Yoke is easy and My burden is light
Recently I got the privilege to carry a cross down the streets of inner city Atlanta. This by far was the heaviest cross I have ever carried. As a matter of fact, I really couldn’t carry if very far at all. My back and shoulder’s started hurting immediately. I carried it a few blocks and had to give the cross back to my evangelist friend Joel Crumpton, who has a ministry in Atlanta. Immediately the Lord reminded me of a vision He gave me. Around a year ago, I had the privilege of carrying a big red cross that was constructed by my friend Stacy Mitchell down the streets of the University of Alabama. This cross was heavy, as well. I came home to Pensacola and went to church. During the worship time, the Lord gave me a vision. I was kneeling at a cross and I heard the Lord tell me to pick it up. I immediately thought that the cross would be heavy like the cross that I had carried previously at the University of Alabama. I braced myself to pick it up and I was amazed. This cross wasn’t heavy at all. It was light as a feather and I couldn’t believe it. The Lord immediately spoke this scripture to me in Matt. 11:28-30 - “Come to Me, all you 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.”
Immediately I had received fresh revelation from the Lord concerning Mark 8:34-36. I had always thought that taking up my cross would be a hard grueling experience. The Lord showed me that it would be a hard grueling experience if I tried to walk and do everything in my own strength. The cross would be heavy and I wouldn’t be able to walk very far, but if I spent time in His presence and in His word the cross would be light as a feather. I now realize why Moses was praying for God’s glory and saying Lord unless you go before me and with me I can’t go. You see Moses had done things in his own strength before. He killed an Egyptian believing that it was God’s will and look how that turned out. Moses needed the Glory of God to fulfill his calling and purpose. He wasn’t taking no for an answer.
Are we living for ourselves or for Him?
I have two testimonies in my life. The Lord saved me and delivered me from drugs and alcohol in the mid 1990’s, but later in my Christian walk something changed. I had decided to leave the ministry because of the debts our family had accumulated. The enemy was using the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things to choke out the word of God in my life. I started seeking business, education and jobs in the place of the Lord. It became an idol in my life. I thought that if I made enough money I could return to the ministry one day and it would be a lot easier. I was still in church, but I was dying inside because I wasn’t fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. I knew that I was doing everything in my own strength and God wasn’t in it. I was in ruin in the midst of the congregation. The cross that I was carrying was heavy and I had opened myself up for other sins, such as anger and lust. My wife knew how miserable I was and prayed me through. I praise the Lord for my wife because I don’t know where I would be without her. Her prayers were about to be answered because a major event was about to happen that would dramatically shift my life back to Jesus!
On March 9th, 2014 the Lord would call Evangelist Steve Hill home to be with Him in Heaven. I had heard Steve preach probably over a hundred times at the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola Florida. The Lord really impacted through the revival and through Steve’s sermons. They still resonate with my today. When I heard about Steve’s passing, I immediately was convicted by the Holy Spirit. I got on my knees, repented and made a commitment to the Lord for my life. I heard Him ask me if I would be satisfied with Him in prayer and for me to go after souls in the streets. I told Him that I would and I have never been the same. I was instantly changed and delivered. Rudy Waters got on cross and died that day. It was a life changing moment.
You see my friend I got on the cross that day and died to myself and He resurrected me with His strength and might! One of my favorite quotes is from Leonard Ravenhill who said “are the things you’re living for worth Christ dying for.” You see a lot of us want to go to heaven and still want to live for ourselves. I would always hear Steve Hill preach that “folks just want a get out of jail free card” or in other words a get out of hell free card. They want to live for themselves and still go to heaven too, but it doesn’t work that way. Jesus needs to be Lord and Savior of our lives. In the scripture above the word says that if anyone who desires to come after Jesus must first deny himself and take up his cross and follow Him. Every sin is rooted in selfishness. Our selfishness is at the root of the problem and it must be cut down and burned. If we pull off the bad fruit from a tree and let the new fruit grow, we will still continue to produce rotten fruit. The root system must be dealt with!
Repentance is the key! On March 9th, 2014 I came to the end of myself and turned to Jesus. I was tired of living my life apart from his will and you can do it to my friend. Just get on your knees now and ask the Lord to forgive you for living a life of selfishness. Ask Him to forgive you of living a life of one foot in the world and one foot in Church! Ask Him to wash you in His blood and say not my will, but Yours be done Lord. Come back to your first love my friend! Jesus is waiting with open arms for you to come and be with Him! Get on the cross and let Him resurrect you because His yoke is easy and His burden is light!