3 of the most dangerous words in the English language…
“I’ve got this.”
There isn’t a person on earth who doesn’t want to be thought of as competent and capable. We work everyday to develop this part of who we are. The challenge for us as Christ followers in the Kingdom of God, is that these words are counter culture to that Kingdom and God’s best.
The expectations to churn, burn, keep up, perform, go above and beyond, excel, accomplish, and win have created an unrest for many of us. What if I told you that generally speaking – our burden, our work – was meant to be easy? Not easy as in lazy – easy as in never becoming overwhelmed to the point of exhaustion. We have to work for this rest. Check out this invitation from Jesus –
“Come to me, all you who are weary (who labor) and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29 NIV
Many times, the fear of what others may or may not think about us – in the area of competence and capability is our greater challenge. We care more about what they think then we do about what God thinks, says and provides in this profound relationship together.
Are you yoked with Jesus? The moment I give God the – “I’ve got this.” – is the moment things go from easy to hard & heavy. It’s the moment I unyoke from Jesus.
When our burden is hard and heavy, we are NOT humble and gentle. Humility brings honor to God, you and others. Humility without gentleness appears like pride. The hard or prideful person says, ‘I’ve got this.’ This is an independent expression. Independence can lead to isolation. Isolation can set you up for some of the most challenging days of your life.
The kingdom is interdependent. Jesus wants to be our heavy lifter. Because this doesn’t come naturally for us, we must learn it. The key is learning. The ‘I’ve got this’ orientation leads us to believe we don’t need to learn or know more about – whatever ‘it’ may be.
Learning is often thought of as a head thing. In the kingdom it is always a heart thing first. The heart is the epicenter for us. It is where the will – attitude – and emotion of our essence and soul reside. It is also where the unrest resides. Submitting this part of ourselves is not easy. Humility here says, ‘I don’t know everything, and I know I need to learn more’.
Teach me your ways that I may walk in your truth. – Psalms 86:11
God uses the tension in our lives to point us toward areas that need yoked with Him. Welcome the tension as one of your teachers. God uses failure in our lives to point us toward areas that need yoked with Him. Welcome the failure as one of your teachers. Welcome the adversity, pressure, and moments of inadequacy to create a flood of grace, out of humility and gentleness that gives you more than you ever expected or anticipated.
In the words of the great R&B theologian – Lionel Richie – “It’s why I’m (Jesus) easy. Easy like Sunday morning.” That was his paraphrase of – “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
God, grant each of us a hunger, thirst and desire to learn of You. Teach us humility and gentleness. For every area of unrest – turn our hearts toward You. Make us, mold us and fashion us out of, into and for yourself. Give us the ease and rest that comes from being yoked with You today.
In Jesus Name – Our heavy lifter!