“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
One of the most misunderstood truths about this verse is that when you have a burden that you are to come and cast it on the LORD so that He can take it away. It is no secret that you are going to have burdens that you must carry in life. It doesn’t matter if you are saved or lost; every person will have burdens to carry. The difference between the saved and lost is that the saved has an answer for their burden, but the lost have no answer. When you read the verses above, you will find there are several things these verses do not say.
First, these verses never say that the believer is to quit. In fact, the opposite is found in these verses. God does say that He will give the believer rest, but He never tells the believer that they can quit serving Him. Your love for the LORD is minuscule if the burden you are carrying causes you to quit serving Him. Your love for the LORD ought to challenge you to continue carrying your burden instead of quitting.
Second, these verses never tell the believer to stop laboring. Too many believers begin to lay down their Christian duties when the load gets heavy when all the LORD told them to do was to come to Him. God never said one time to stop laboring because you have a heavy load.
Third, these verses never say to lay anything down. We often think we are to lay our burdens down, but God never said to lay any burden down; He only commanded the believer to come to Him in the time that they labor under their burden.
These verses do tell the believer to do four things. First, they tell the believer to come to Him. The only one who can help you with your burden is going to be the LORD. You can run to everyone else with your burdens, but nobody else will make your burdens easy or light. In fact, going to others with your burdens only makes the burdens heavier because you continue to carry the load by yourself.
Second, these verses do say to take on His yoke. It is interesting that God tells the believer to take on more instead of less when they are under the burden. God says to take “my yoke upon you.” The reason God tells the believer to add His yoke to their load is because when they get in the yoke with the LORD, He helps them to carry the heavy load they are carrying. God wants to help you with your burdens and the load that you are carrying, but the way He helps you is by adding His yoke to your burden so He can help you to carry the load. In other words, the way to carry the load is to serve the LORD in the ministries of your church, and while you serve Him, He helps you with your burdens.
Third, these verses do say to use the load to learn of Him. The best time to learn about the LORD is not when times are easy, but when you are in the yoke serving with Him. Those who add the LORD’s yoke to their burden learn the most about the LORD’s strength and faithfulness. You will never learn more about the LORD by doing less; you will only learn more about Him by doing more for Him.
Fourth, these verses do say to carry the burden. He says that His yoke is easy and light. You will find the strength to carry your burdens only by carrying your burdens in His yoke.