For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
When I read this verse I always picture an animal such as a horse with a large pack on his back. He is traveling with a burden. This is his job. There is a reason he is a beast of burden. I want us to think how that we are intended to travel through life We are to find our rest in the Lord as we are carrying a burden. What is that burden we should all bear?
Consider the Gospel as the burden we should all bear. We are familiar with the fact that we are commanded to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. It is hypocritical to support worldwide missions if we will not be missionaries where we are. Can we be involved in worldwide missions and neglect reaching those around us? Of course not.
To that end think of that message that we are delivering to those we see. Whose message is being delivered? It is God’s He made it a simple message. Because it is so simple many may say it is too easy to believe. However, it is so simple we may have a hard time delivering it the way that it is written. It is easy to muddy up the Gospel.
Romans 10:9-13 explains to us that all a person has to do is believe. In other words all a person has to do is reach out their hand and receive the gift of salvation. It is so easy to add to that message.
Adding to the message of salvation is false doctrine. There is no way around it. If we add our opinions to the Gospel it becomes a false doctrine. If we teach a false doctrine that would make us a false teacher.
I get the opportunity to stand before my church three times a week. My greatest fear is not standing before people, but delivering a false message. God made salvation easy. It is not my job to add to that simple message. I am to deliver the Gospel message just as clearly as God wrote it.
My burden, simply put, is this. I do not want to muddy up the Gospel. We should all bear that burden. By the way, if we do it God’s way we will find the rest He is speaking about in Matthew 11.