Burden or blessing?

Christ Jesus, whose very life exemplified Truth, didn't promise that a Christian's life would be carefree. But he did say: "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." Matt. 1 1:28–30.

When a task is seen to be an opportunity to practice Christian discipleship, it ceases to evoke self-pity and complaint. But how does one turn what one feels is tiresome duty into invigorating opportunity to be a better Christian?

Each of us can ask himself: Who or what makes the demands to which I respond? Am I feeling obligated to fulfill them because people expect me to? Or do I view responsibilities as God-derived opportunities to put the Sermon on the Mount into practice and so to develop Christian grace?

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December 17, 1984

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