Written by Lisa Willams
Do you sometimes feel that the weight of the world is on your shoulders? It is hard not to sometimes. Especially in light of current events surrounding not only our country but the whole world at large. In a world of uncertainty and unrest life itself can seem insurmountable with all of its issues.
Aren’t you grateful that we are not doomed to figure it out all on our own? Once we accept the free gift of salvation extended to us through Jesus’s amazing sacrifice — a gift from God above, we have help. Praise God we are saved! Jesus has become our Savior. What has He saved us from? He has saved us from the death penalty that was due us from the time that sin entered the world… from the time that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in disobedience. But God in his benevolence is great…and loving …and faithful. He is so loving that He created a path forward that would surpass the beautiful splendor of Eden created in the very beginning. He created a path that leads not to death but to life eternal with Him.
Salvation is wonderful! No longer doomed to die we can live! And guess what? Not only did He intend for us to have eternal life with Him but we can have life more abundant here on the earth. As impossible as it sounds considering all that is happening around us, I am here to tell you that in Matthew 19:26 Jesus says, “…with God all things are possible.” It is only a matter of having faith and believing. And apparently you do believe if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior.
With that being said, “cast[ing] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (I Peter 5:7)” Unburden yourself of that weight on your shoulders and continue to trust in Jesus and all that He is and in God our Father and his abounding love towards us. He is our Savior and will never stop being so. Only trust Him!
We must remember that Jesus is also our Lord. Although we say it all the time together “Lord and Savior.” I don’t think the full weight of the meaning is born out in our lives. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we have only just reached the doorway to becoming a new creation. We must walk through the door to be transformed into the image of Christ. This walking yields itself to the Lordliness aspect of Jesus in our lives. Salvation is free but following Jesus cost you something. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” This self-denial is in fact yielding to Jesus as your Lord. When someone is your lord, you are in submission to him as though he were your master. We are not forced into hard bondage as the Israelites were with pharaoh. Ours is a choice to walk in the identity that God gives us as his dear children as new creations and not to walk around overwhelmed and confused by the state of this earthly world as we are just passing through this land as foreigners and not as citizens. Remember this world is not our home and we are no longer slaves to it (See Romans 6). Therefore, we are not subject to the craziness of it. When we keep our eyes, laser focused on Jesus we are not distracted by what is on the right and the left of us. With practice, over time, we learn to see clearly through the lens of Christ as we stay hidden in Him.
So, when you start to feel anxious and/or overwhelmed by life and all it entails check to see you have remembered to stay yielded to and hidden in Christ. Make sure that you are looking at things the right way —through the lens of Christ. Chances are you stepped out on your own and just need to do a self-check to refocus your gaze. Make sure it is always placed on Jesus. Remember what Isaiah says to God in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. How reassuring is this! We can trust God and His Word!
It seems to be easier for us to remember Jesus saving grace than it is to remember to keep Him as Lord over us. This is a place of safety and protection not oppression. It is truly a good place to be!
So, let’s stay hidden in Christ my sisters and brothers and let the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard our hearts (Philippians 4:7).
Let’s allow Jesus to not only be our Savior but to also be our Lord! In doing so we leave all the heavy lifting to Him and all we have to do is simply abide and rest in Him!