“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
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There are so many gimmicks and diet pills available aimed at helping people lose weight. You often hear the claim from some product that you can: Lose weight, today! Weight is a big issue for many people. I want to spend some time talking about the topic of weight today.
But it’s not the kind of weight that you may think. There are a lot of different weights in this life – things that weigh us down. Weights can be physical, mental, or spiritual in nature.
Physical weights can include body mass, sickness, or some external load. They all are characteristic of some kind of heaviness placed on a person or an object. Have any of you ever been weighed down by illness? There are many who suffer with debilitating health issues like cancer, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders that impact their ability to breath and to live normally – basically, to thrive. I haven’t experienced either of those, but I know about the weight of illness.
As I mentioned before, I was always a sickly child. I stayed in and out of the Emergency Room and the doctors’ offices. At the age of 11, I had a surgery in an attempt to rectify some of my persistent issues. Though I was under anesthesia, to this day I still have a very faint memory of something going wrong on the operating table and the medical staff hovering over me hurriedly scrambling to try and resolve what was going on.
No report of anything going wrong during the operation was given. Yet, I slept straight through nearly 3 whole days afterwards. Thinking about that now as an adult, something doesn’t seem right about that. That seems like way too much anesthesia for an 11-year old. And in one of my jobs where I was trained by doctors, including some surgeons, on the body’s systems and how to read medical reports and records from doctors, a surgeon explained to me and my coworkers that surgeons will hardly ever relay that they made a mistake during an operation.
He added that they will make notation in their notes of what appears to be some sort of cryptic-doctor language so that any doctor who came along later in the patient’s care would be aware of the mess-up.
I don’t know for sure what happened while I was on the operating table, but I know that since then, I’ve had to endure chronic digestive issues. And in my adult life, I’ve been to countless specialists, had about 15 procedures done, and tried every option presented to me to get better.
The doctors said to cut back on red meat. I stopped eating meat, altogether. The specialists said to incorporate exercise into my lifestyle. I exercised three hours a day. The doctors then stated that maybe dropping a few pounds would help. I lost about 60. Then, it was: reduce your dairy intake. I became a vegan. I tried medicines. I tried raw food diets. I even tried a no-foods diet.
Sickness can be a weight. And, it took me through dark times in my life. The darkest was when I got into the habit of eating only 3 or 4 times a week. And those times consisted of 1 cup of veggies, 1 time a day on the day that I would eat. On the days that I didn’t eat, I was purging those cups of vegetables (which was mainly all the water I’d drank to keep full). But, all my efforts were of naught. And, the habit of eating minimal food and working hard to eliminate it became a burden.
Although I was about a size 0 and slim as I have ever been, I was weighed down with a huge heaviness. And through all my trial and error, all my research, and all my visits to specialists in every state that I’ve lived in – and neighboring ones – only one doctor (who I go back to visit as often as I can because he’s the only one who has ever listened and worked with me to find different solutions) has ever even entertained the idea of the specific surgery that I’m convinced that I need to have. But even he says that I’m otherwise healthy and young, and no surgeon that he’d recommend me to would complete the surgery because of that and because it’s irreversible. The other doctors just chalk it up to me being a head-case since they don’t have any other helpful ideas.
It was with the help of former coworker and supervisor Ms. Hall and Ms. Rose, along with one of my dearest brothers in Christ that I was nursed back to health. I don’t know that either of them know how much of a blessing they were to me.
Maybe you’ve experienced being sick and not being able to get well. It can weigh you down. People like @beauty.beyond.bones know what I’m talking about – and an inspiring story it is that she has.
“Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life.” – 2 Corinthians 5:4
Then, as many people experience today, there’s the weight of the body that can literally and physically weigh you down. A lot of people put in New Year’s resolutions centered around losing weight. Young kids get teased and bullied at school if they are bigger than other children their age. Health issues arise with an extra rise on the scale; diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease all become grave risks. And sometimes, spouses get the cold shoulder if they put on a few pounds. That number on the scale can weigh you down.
“Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion. Weighed in the scales, they go up; together they are less than a vapor.” – Psalm 62:9
When I got married to my ex-spouse, I was a solid size-6 in jeans. The day after my wedding, in so many words, I was told that I needed to lose weight. At that time, I had no qualms about my size or weight; and that’s saying something coming from someone who was always ridiculed and never really had a healthy self-image because of it. But, that set the tone for our marriage, and I was relegated to believe that I was just too big.
I wouldn’t even eat around him for a long time, because it would cause an argument and very bad feelings if I ate even a sliver of piece of pie. So I just decided that I wouldn’t eat anything around him because it became a great source of contention. I would sillily (but somewhat seriously) think that I probably would have had to marry some 400-pound 8-footer in order to be wanted and not feel the way that I did – even though I initially thought that I was at a very healthy weight (especially given that I had recovered a great deal from my no-foods diet and had gotten to a healthy place by that time).
Yep, body weight can be a source of oppression and depression.
“Why is light given to one burdened with grief, and life to those whose existence is bitter”? – Job 3:20
“If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it in the scales.” – Job 6:20
Yet still, there are other weights that can pull you down. One weight is people; they will try to wring you dry. Some people find pleasure in hurting others. They themselves are weighed down, so they become a heavy weight of burden to other people. There’s also the weight of grief. Job understood a great deal about heavy loads of grief (Job 3:20; 6:20). Even Jesus became exhausted with grief (Luke 22:45). And, some of you do, too.
Yet, further still, there is nothing like the weight of sin.
“Oh sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the Lord; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs on Him.” – Isaiah 1:4
It doesn’t matter how few pounds you weigh, how healthy you are, or how smooth things seem to be going in life for you. If you haven’t taken care of your sin problem, then you may as well be an elephant when it comes to the Lord. Some may protest and say that they don’t steal or kill, so they are morally okay. Having morals and being in a right standing with God are two different things. A lot of people have morals but morals don’t save you; Christ does.
If you haven’t had your sins washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ the Lamb, then you are elephant-sized with sin. You don’t have to carry that weight around, though. Not only is it a burden to you and to others, it’s a burden to the Lord when you walk around overloaded with sin.
“You have not bought Me aromatic cane with silver, or satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened Me with your sins; you have wearied Me with your iniquities.” – Isaiah 43:24
To add to that, God says that when you remain in your sins, it’s the same as not bringing Him sacrifices of a good aroma (Isai. 43:24). Christ gave Himself for us as a sweet-smelling sacrifice (Eph. 5:2). And when we give our lives to Christ in His service and in service to others, we offer up to Him a sacrifice that is a sweet smell, well-pleasing to God (Phili. 4:18). The contrapositive of that is true. You don’t offer up a sweet smell to God, if you don’t give your life to Christ in service to Him and in service to others. The Word says that those of us who are disciples of Christ are the fragrance of Christ (2 Cor. 2:15).
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.” – Hebrews 12:1
But Jesus says that we don’t have to remain in a condition of being overweight with sin. He has a different obesity scale than the doctors. And Christ has the solution to your weight problem. He said to come to Him, everyone who is weighed down with sin; He will take our load and give us His. And His yoke is easy, and His burden is light (Matt. 11:28-30).
No matter what else is going on around me, no matter the heavy loads this world tries to overwhelm me with – in Christ, I am light. He took my burdens. He’s carrying them for me. And He can and will carry yours, too.
Come to the Lord and get rest from the heavy loads of sickness, of hopelessness, of unrighteous living, and of sin. Lay aside the weight and sin that gets you caught up so easily (Heb. 12:1). It’s different for everyone. You know what it is for you.
You can drop some major pounds today if you will believe in Jesus as the Christ; if you will confess that Jesus is Lord; if you will repent of your sins, and; if you will be baptized – fully submerged in water to receive the forgiveness of your sins. Your load will then be lightened and you can have the peace of God.
“Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel: You have said this, ‘Our transgressions and our sins are heavy on us, and we are wasting away because of them! How then can we survive?’” – Ezekiel 33:10
Are you elephant-sized with sin (Psalm 38:4)? Is your life not a sweet-smelling sacrifice before the Lord? If you haven’t put on the Lord in baptism, then there’s only one way that you can answer those questions. Sin is a burden and the wages of it lead only to death (Rom. 6:23). The only way to survive the weight of sin is to come to Jesus.
Lose the weight…today!
““Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” – Matthew 23:23
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