Tag: Burdens

The Happy Exchange

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Even Christ pleased not himself —Romans 15:3

Let this be a day of self-forgetting ministry for Christ and others. Let us not once think of being ministered unto, but rather say with Him: I am among you as he that serveth (Luke 22:27). Let us not drag our burdens through the day but drop all our loads of care and be free to carry His yoke and His burden. Let us make the happy exchange, relinquishing ours and taking His. Let the covenant be: Thou shalt abide for me . . . so will I also be for thee (Hosea 3:3).

In such abiding we lose our heaviest load-ourselves-and find our highest joy, divine love, more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Let us do good to all men as we have opportunity. Let us lose no occasion of blessing, and let us look for ingenious ways of service and usefulness. Especially let us seek to win others to Christ.

by A.B. Simpson

The more burdens we put on His shoulders

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble!” Psalm 46:1

Scripture promises are not meant to be looked at only–but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, you do not make use of Christ as you ought to do.

When you are in trouble, why do you not tell Him all your grief? Has He not a sympathizing heart, and can He not comfort and relieve you? But no, you are going about to all your friends–except your best Friend; and telling your tale everywhere, except into the bosom of your Lord.

Are you burdened with this day’s sins? Here is a fountain filled with blood–use it, saint, use it!

Has a sense of guilt returned upon you? The pardoning grace of Jesus may be used again and again. Come to Him at once for cleansing!

Do you deplore your spiritual weakness? He is your strength–why not lean upon Him?

Do you feel yourself spiritually sick? Use the cable of prayer, and call up the Beloved Physician! He will give the cordial that will revive you.

You are spiritually poor–but then you have “a kinsman, a mighty man of wealth.” What! will you not go to Him, and ask Him to give you out of His abundance, when He has given you the promise that you shall be joint-heir with Him; and has made over all that He is and all that He has–to be yours?

There is nothing Christ dislikes more, than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. The more burdens we put on His shoulders–the more precious will He be to us!

“He has given us His very great and precious promises!” 2 Peter 1:4

by Charles Spurgeon