Are You Heavily Laden?

Everyday you wake up, perhaps you pray. Before you go to work perhaps you pray. After work perhaps you go straight to the chapel, you pray and do your office work or other church duties. Perhaps if you have children they will not see you until the next morning if they are lucky. The next day you will likely do the same thing. Good thing there is no devotional prayers this week, but if there is, you might wake up early and go to the chapel before going to work, or perhaps since you are going to the chapel at night anyway you better attend the night devotional prayers. You save little but very precious moment of your life. Do you think your effort pleases God or man?

There is no denial many times you feel the holy spirit in your prayers but admit it or not, many times you don’t. Despite of your everyday efforts you do not feel the peace of mind. Ask yourself, do you hear the gospel of peace in the worship service? Perhaps the answer is yes, but possibly your answer is no.

What Could Be The Reason One May Not Be At Peace?

Possibly the Minister is not preaching the gospel of peace.

Romans 10:15, NKJV – 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

According to Romans 10:15, true preachers teach the gospel of peace. You know when INC Ministers read Romans 10:15, he reads half of the verse only (“And how they shall preach unless they are sent?“). The Ministers use this verse to inculcate that if you read the scriptures yourself, you will end up to your self-destruction – which is one reason why we are not receiving the gospel of peace but the gospel of fear. This is actually the first verse I looked for theory of equivocation as I was skeptical hearing only half of the verse every time this is read in the worship service or bible study.

The Church lessons always have the same pattern:

  • Using current events to start a point
  • The homily topics
  • Those who do not follow will go to the lake of fire.
  • Those who follow are blessed.

Lately,  lessons always emphasis on why members should follow the Church Administration. Do you think this is teaching of the gospel of peace?

The Gospel Of Peace

The gospel of peace is the peace with God

Colossians 3:15, NKJV – 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

and the peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 16:33, NKJV – 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Now that we know what is the gospel of peace. Christ has the invitation to those who are heavily laden.

Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV – 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Let us read the same verse from Easy-to-Read version (ERV)

Matthew 11:28-30, ERV – 28Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. 30 Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”

The invitation of Lord Jesus Christ is to come to Him. It is addressed to those who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. Why did Christ says the load given to us to carry is light? It is because by grace we have been saved, not of your own effort so that no one can say “Lord I have done so much work in the Church” to claim your reward in heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 , NKJV – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

I hope you learn something here.

-Cornelius