Are You Growing Spiritually? (3)
First, you must learn how to carry your own burden. Second, you must be able to help those who are too weak to carry theirs. Third, you must learn to give your burden to the Lord.
‘Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.’
Sounds easy, but it’s not, because: 1) If you’re self-centered you will think only about your own personal wants, needs, and plans. 2) If you’re a self-starter and self-motivator you will struggle with the humility required to get down on your knees and say, ‘Lord, I need you; before I make a move I need to know You are with me’. 3) If you’re self-sufficient you will wait until your knees are buckling and your back is breaking, then send an SOS up to heaven asking, ‘Lord, where are You?’ And He will reply, ‘I’m right here, wondering when you’re going to start trusting Me, leaning on Me, and drawing strength from Me.’
‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5 NKJV).
The key to success in God’s Kingdom is: work like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God!
Martin Luther said, ‘I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.’ If He has to, God will allow you to fall flat on your face in order to get you on your knees. Be wise! Don’t wait for that to happen!
‘Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.’ Psalms 55:22 ESV