Lay aside your weights?
Lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely and run the race set before us with perseverance, looking unto Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2)
Does this picture remind you of you lately?
Truth be told, we all carry the weights, pressures, sins, words, and other’s junk on our shoulders. Without trying to define what all that “weight” could mean, let’s focus on what it could mean to “lay aside” our stuff. Laying aside something or someone doesn’t mean we don’t care anymore or we just give up.
We care about people, projects, concerns, our own problems, and the future. God knows that! He actually loves those people we are carrying in our minds more than we do! But the problem is: we care about things too much, and assume if we don’t “do” something, pray more, or seem concerned, then we might not be that spiritual or loving. So there’s a balance: we care, pray, and are concerned. But many times, the scales get tipped, and it seems our caring turns into a weight He never intended us to carry! He cares more about the issues than we do! And He asks us to lay them aside, lay them at His feet, at His doorstep, and trust Him for provision, timing, and breakthroughs.
What could help us lay them aside?
— Sometimes it’s the pain of carrying them! Quite often when we just get sick and tired of being sick and tired of wrestling with an issue, we finally say “God, do whatever You want in this person or situation.”
— Other times it might be hearing that still, small voice of God: “This battle is not yours, its mine! You will not have to fight in this battle.”
— The laying aside may come from a simple reminder of famous Scriptures such as Matthew 11:28 where Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest for your soul.” Or from I Peter 5:7—“Cast your cares onto Him for He cares for you.”
— Perhaps “laying aside” takes some time, process, and willingness to let go of someone or something. We don‘t easily let go of what’s important to us. And often it takes time to allow God to pry our fingers off of something and truly let it go into His hands.
— Often, laying something aside means that we don’t talk as much about it anymore, and when we do, it’s not nearly as painful; in fact we may even laugh at why we struggled with it in the first place!
Why not take a few minutes right now, and “lay aside” that weight? Declare: “Lord, I lay this at Your feet; I may have prayed this before, but today, I sincerely lay this matter at Your doorstep for Your handling, Your decision, Your timing, and Your healing in my life. Thank You for receiving this burden, and I receive Your burden which is a lot lighter and more joyful.”