Welcome to The Cyber Church - Eufaula, Oklahoma Pastor, James C. West  -|-  This Sermon published February, 1997

Whose burdens ARE these anyway?

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

"Come to me." This is one of the sweetest passages in the New Testament. It shows the willingness of the Lord.

The kings of the earth and the great are usually difficult of access, while Jesus is not only willing, but invites us to come to Him.

How gracious is the invitation!

(1) It is the Lord who speaks.

(2) He invites to come to him.

(3) The invitation is to those who labour and are heavy laden.

(4) He promises, to all these weary ones who come, rest. Peace of soul.

The offer is not that of a man, but of the Divine Saviour. Millions in all ages since can bear witness that the promise is sure.

They that labour and are heavy laden feel heavily the burdens of life, of sin and sorrow.

We treasure our burdens. We even get a "Burden Bag" to carry them around and show them off!

The bag is filled with those burdens we are fond of. Reminders of our work, our house payment, our children, the government, etc.

We Pentecostal people LOVE our burdens and we take care of them! We cherish them. We hold them close. We are PROUD of them!

And if our friend's bag gets bigger than ours, well, we don't want to talk to that person any more! (I have learned not to ask some people "How are you?" because he'll surely tell me!)

Some say, "I've got a burden from the Lord." Well, His burden is light! Not worth bragging about! Let's look around and find a REAL burden!

One I can take to Church with me! One I can take to the Doctor with me! One I can tell all my friends about!

"Well, my burden is bigger than YOUR burden!"

And I'll fight you every step of the way if you try to take my burden away!

And if the burden somehow DOES get lifted, we go looking for another one to take it's place! Quickly!

We go to the doctor and come back and say, "He said I MIGHT have pneumonia."

"I can't afford medicine!" "I can't afford to go back to the doctor!" "I can't afford the X-Rays, the tests!"

Boy! Look at my burden NOW! Right up there at the top of the bag is PNEUMONIA!

I didn't have it BEFORE I went to the doctor! And he didn't say I actually HAVE it! But I'm taking it "BY FAITH!"

"I speak PNEUMONIA to my bag!"

I'm gonna find my friend and show it to him! Because I have one of the finest Burden Bags there is!

So I worry real hard about each new burden as I find them and add them to my bag!

Then, every once in a while, I sit down and take them out one by one and have another good worry!

There is comfort in being like every one else. Having the same cares! "I'm just one of the boys!"

Don't you have pity on me? My burdens are SO heavy! I'm SO tired! and SO run down!

I can't do anything anymore. I'm just too tied up in these worries! My cup of burdens runneth over!

And I really would like to get some rest! Some easement from them but I just don't know what to do!

Well, I COULD read my bible. Maybe it has something for me!

I know I gave them to the Lord and I sure felt better for a little while!

But it just didn't feel right having someone else bearing MY burdens!

So, one by one I took them all back!

But Peter said to, "Roll them over on God!"

Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

David said, "Roll them over on God!"

Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never allow the righteous to be moved.

Rev 7:13-17 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

(Not in a pity-party. Not in drugs/drinking)

Ps 27:13 [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

(Not in the great by-and-by but NOW!)

Ps 37:5 Commit thy way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.

Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Heb 13:5 [Let your] manner of life [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Well, Jesus, I ROLL these burdens over on you NOW!