Editorial

Give Your Weary Heart to Him

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People are often asking us to pray for them—that they may have more of Christ. A dear sister put it this way, “Pray that I may have more religion.” We feel like asking such friends, “Is Christ divided? Does He weigh Himself out in cubic inches, or does He give Himself personally to us, to be possessed without limitation?”

Would it not be better for such friends to accept Christ in His fullness and recognize Him as truly and fully present, assuming the whole responsibility of our life and leading us forth into His will, step by step, while at the same time He supplies His own resources with which to meet every emergency? Would it not be more restful and more effectual to simply recognize Him as present and responsible and to go forth saying, “I want not more of Christ, but I take Christ Himself and know that He leads me, enables me, and triumphs through me and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”? This seemed to have been the apostle’s message when he challenged the Corinthians, “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost? Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 6:19, 3:16, KJV). Beloved, do you really know the resources you possess and will you then simply and believingly count upon them?

Our trials are great opportunities. Too often we look upon them as great obstacles. It would be a heaven of rest and an inspiration of unspeakable power if each of us would henceforth recognize every difficult situation as one of God’s chosen ways of proving to us His love and power, and if instead of calculating upon defeat we should begin to look around for the messages of His glorious manifestations. Then indeed would every cloud become a rainbow and every mountain a path of ascension and a scene of transfiguration!

If we will look back upon the past, many of us will find that the very time our heavenly Father has chosen to do the kindest things for us and give us the richest blessings has been the time when we were strained and shut in on every side. The writer can testify, from an oft-repeated experience, that most of the things that have been peculiarly gracious in the providence of God have first been whispered or intimated in some season of peculiar and prolonged perplexity and trial which God seemed specially prepared as the dark environment of His brightest gifts of love. God’s jewels are often sent to us in rough packages and by dark liveried servants, but within we find the very treasures of the King’s palace and the Bridegroom’s love.

What a rest it would be to many of us if we could but exchange burdens with Christ, and so utterly and forever transfer to Him all our cares and needs that we would not feel hereafter responsible for our burdens, but that He had undertaken all the care, and that our business was simply to carry His burdens and think, pray, labor and suffer only for Him and His people, while He should think, pray, labor and suffer only for us and our interests. This is what He truly invites us to do. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt.11:28).

And then He adds, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me” (v. 29). He takes our yoke and we take His and we find it a thousand times easier to carry one of His burdens than to carry our own. How much more delightful it is to spend an hour in supplication for another than five minutes in pleading for ourselves. Are we not weary of carrying our wretched loads? Shall we not obey the blessed command which so explicitly and definitely bids us once for all and forever to cast all our cares upon Him (1 Pet. 5:7)? The tense of that passage means a burden is not habitually cast but once and forever; carried no more. Let us take His precious work upon our weary hearts, and we shall find that He can use rested workers as He cannot the overloaded packhorses which so many of us have made ourselves, even in our work for the Lord.

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