Lighten Your Load Wtih Jesus
by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
Happy Labor Day, everyone! Labor Day, a holiday to celebrate the hard work and achievements of American workers and to honor those who work tirelessly to support their families and this country.
Beginning in Genesis, we see work as an extremely positive thing. God created the world and everything in it. Genesis says, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” We know that God looked at His work and said it was very good.
God created man, and Genesis 2:15 says, Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Good work if you can get it.
But then things changed. S. Michael Houdmann says it this way:
"The Fall of Man depicted in Genesis 3 generated a change in the nature of work. In response to Adam’s sin, God pronounced several judgments in Genesis 3:17-19, the most severe of which is death. However, labor and the results of labor figure centrally in the rest of the judgments. God cursed the ground. Work became difficult. The word toil is used, implying challenge, difficulty, exhaustion, and struggle. Work itself was still good, but man must expect that it will be accomplished by 'the sweat of his brow.' Also, the result will not always be positive. Although man will eat the plants of the field, the field will also produce thorns and thistles. Hard work and effort will not always be rewarded in the way the laborer expects or desires."
Things changed, true, but, praise God, things changed again! God put His plan of redemption into place, and Jesus Christ came on the scene offering us life instead of death. Jesus tells us in Matthew 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.”
When we bring our burdens to Jesus, He gives us rest! So thank you all you laborers! But don’t labor on your own. Allow Jesus to take on that heaviness and lighten your load.