DayBreaks for 05/03/13 – The Burden of a Lesser Deity
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In business (and I’m sure in politics, too), it is useful to know who you’re dealing with. For example: if I need to get some equipment purchased, it does me no good to talk to our human resources representative. If I need to get something changed in my benefits package, it would be pointless to ask our company president to change it for me. If I need funding, I need to talk to my boss – not to the security guard. Knowing who you are dealing with, and who you should be dealing with, is important.
In my life, I’ve served different masters at work, and sadly, in my spiritual walk I occasionally find myself serving the wrong master, too.
Everyone serves some “god”. It might be the God of heaven, it might be the god of expediency, the god of leisure, the god of money, fame or status. But when life comes crashing in, the real God is separated from the fakes. Perhaps as a child of God, you feel that God places enormous demands upon your life. And in some ways, that’s absolutely true. He doesn’t want a piece of your heart or mind or soul, He is only satisfied with ALL of you! But in other ways, serving the only true and living God is much easier than serving one of the other gods you could choose from. Consider the burden that faces those who trust in a God who can’t deliver what He promises? The burden of serving a lesser deity than the God of heaven and earth is sure to end in disappointment. When it comes down to the weighty matters of the soul, when it is time to launch out into eternity, there is a tremendous burden to be paid by those who have trusted their souls to these lesser deities. Perhaps that is what Jesus meant when he said, in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
As life’s stakes get higher, only One God can meet our greatest need. And that makes any request He might make of us “easy” and “light”.
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