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Your burden is very heavy

I'm hearing the word "onerous". Some people are under heavy loads. These people feel oppressed or overwhelmed by obligations or responsibilities. You may feel like you are in a covenant or binding agreement where the amount of difficulty and pain outweighs the benefits.

Remember that God only calls you to love, not to know it all or be an unlimited dynamo. 1 John 5:3
Remember that Jesus calls each one of his into a place of rest in him. Matthew 11:28-30
Remember that God calls others to help you stand and walk through your difficulties. Galatians 6:2
Remember that Jesus' mission statement is to "turn around" onerous things dealt to you. Luke 4:18-19, Isaiah 61.

Always be giving

Cast your bread upon the waters. For you will find it after many days.
Ecclesiastes 11:1

Christ followers are generous because the one we follow is generosity incarnate. "God so loved the world that he gave his only son". Part of the message of the kingdom is generosity. Recipients of the King's generosity themselves in turn are generous to those in need. The scriptures promises that when you give to the hungry or poor ones, God will repay you. That's not the reason we give away stuff, but a benefit. Giving begets giving. That's a kingdom principle, "give and it shall be given".

Bringing church to the people

Many of us have grown up in churches where we were told to bring people to church. We brought them to Sunday services or outreach events. We hoped something catalytic would happen to them there. But all along, the better way has been to bring the church to the people. Many Christians can't get their minds around this concept because they don't understand that they are the church, they are God's outreach to the world. The Christian is the city on a hill, the light of the world. All Christians are commissioned to go out into the world and make disciples.

When you bring church to the people, you have to leave the building behind. You are going out into the world where they don't speak Christianese. Any seasoned missionary knows that you need to understand the language and culture of the people you are going to. When the church goes to the people, it cannot insist that the people understand; but seek to understand the people. We need to learn to listen and be wit…