August 17
Read Luke 10:23–37

WHAT SHALL BE MY BURDEN TODAY?
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. —Matt. 11:28–30 (WEYMOUTH)

Only God could make an invitation like that and have it stand through the centuries. We have burdens that we should be free from; we have burdens we’ll have to bear; and there are some burdens Jesus Christ would have us share with Him.

Christ is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. There is one burden you need not bear. That burden is the burden of sin. There is only One who can remove it.

Life has its burdens too of which Christ does not promise to relieve us; rather He promises us His help to bear them. Such hectic days as these brings burdens of infirmities, the blasting of hopes and ambitions, and the heartaches of loneliness and sorrow. No Christian need expect to be immune from them. But in each of these burdens we can invite the great Burden-bearer to share with us and make up to us our losses and our lacks. “Take my yoke.” In comparison with the load of sin which He would remove, this is a light one. There is something we can do for Him and in His name. It may not be much—perhaps a cup of water—but it will not go unnoticed. Let Him take away your sin, share your legitimate load; and in return you give Him a lift.

FATHER IN HEAVEN, I accept this invitation and challenge today. What I cannot do for myself I humbly entrust to Thee. Take away my sin and guilt. What I can do for Thy Kingdom I will seek to do well. Grant me the help promised to those who trust Thee. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

CLYDE W. MEREDITH
Dean, Divinity School, Marion College, Marion, Ind.