Kallie Larson is live-in staff at YWAM Minneapolis’ Maternity home called The Nest, where she has been serving for just over three years. Here, she relates what God was speaking to her through worship to her experience working in the home.
“And God separated the light from the darkness…” (Genesis 1)
“Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?”
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Sometimes living and working in what YWAM would call a Mercy Ministry begins to feel like carrying a huge burden. It is easy to be consumed with the need all around, and choose to succumb to feelings of guilt, helplessness and fear.
At this week’s corporate time of worship, we sang Jon Thurlow’s “Eyes of Mercy”, in which the chorus sings:
“I take up your yoke, I know that it’s so easy, I take up your burden, it’s light.”
Now, for the last few days I have been pondering this thought;
Why, Lord, do I often feel like I am carrying something so heavy, when you say that the burden you give me is light?
The Lord has been good to me in sharing His heart for me. When I asked Him, I immediately heard the still soft voice of the Holy Spirit speak to me, “Rejoice in the truth.”
If I truly rejoiced in the truth that God shares through His Spirit and word, I wouldn’t cringe in conflict, but would stand firm with a heart of love and joy.
If I truly rejoiced in the truth, my heart would be glad for those hearing and experiencing the gospel, rather than fearful of what they might think.
Rejoicing in the truth could change everything.
If we do not rejoice in the truth, if we do not love it, crave it, live for it, then it WILL become a burden that’s too heavy for us to bear.
What I hear in my spirit is, “you do not need to martyr yourself for what I already paid the price for.”
Jesus carried the heavy burden of injustice - it was put fully upon His shoulders on the cross at Calvary.
Then He rose, and He invites us to be yoked to Him, because He invites us to share in His Kingdom work.
He does not call us to be yoked to those we are helping and mentoring. He does not call us to be yoked to despair or the belief that even if we gave everything we had, it would still not be enough.
He asks us to yoke ourselves to Him, and He will share the burden with us, He will make our portion light if we simply trust in Him and walk in obedience REJOICING in the truth.
A light burden does not mean light-hearted, laughable or shallow. To carry a light burden is to remember who carries the brunt of the weight.
Sometimes I need the reminder that it’s OK to rejoice, it’s OK to be glad, joyful, child-like. Heaviness may surround us, but God separated the light from the darkness and saw that the light was good (Genesis 1). Jesus asks us to step into the lives of those living in darkness and be the city on the hill, the salt of the earth, the Good Samaritan. We are not to lose our saltiness, not to let our light out, or to carry the burdens of others without any of our own boundaries in place.
The Lord has been impressing upon me the idea of keeping my gaze upon Him, and turning away from looking to others for praise or approval. How is Jesus served through my actions towards others, in my volunteering, serving and daily life?