Be gone backpack: Old yokes, new yokes, no yokes

Ever since I was 14 years old people have been telling me that I’ll have back problems one day.

In my academic zeal (yes, honest to goodness zeal) I would load every textbook I owned into my backpack and carry it around everywhere, just in case there was any moment to study. A single moment of study could make the difference between failing and excelling, in my mind.

I remember an actual moment at a concert for Green Day when I took out a set of notecards to study “for just a second.”

I sound super dorky, I know. I wasn’t really crazy about it. I just minored in crazy.

Even in grad school I hefted that backpack everywhere.

I realized something once I turned about 36:

I carried that backpack around because I wanted to change the world and the only way I could see that happening was by hefting around a giant load of books and learning everything I could about it.

My backpack of knowledge couldn’t change the world. Only Jesus can.

He might use my knowledge, my connections, my relationships, my life to share His Word and His Work, but I don’t have to yoke myself to getting it all done myself.

This was so very refreshing. I don’t have to do it all, be it all, figure it all out.

God has got this whole world in His hands. He is at work. I tried to carry around some yokes, but friends, it just never works out. Instead He gives me fruit and armor, instead of yokes. He gives me life and salvation, instead of a backpack filled with requirements.

On today’s podcast we’ll talk about the old yokes everyone carries around, the new yokes we might try to put on, and finally move on to getting to no yokes in Christ Jesus.

 

It is for freedom Christ has set us free – Galatians 5:1

Go forth in the freedom of Christ, leaving the backpack of our sins and all the expectations of this life on the pavement. Lift your hands to Him and say “thank you” to the Maker of the stars and the Healer of our hearts. He is working freedom in you every day.

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YA Bonus – Someone gave something up for your freedom

We really want everything to be OK.

We want to use a thumbs up emoji for life itself.

Good to go!

We want to look around us at our family and friends and say good to go there to.

As we grow in our faith and understanding, our eyes open a bit further though and good to go just isn’t happening for the most part.

We look inside of us and around us and we see struggle. We see addiction. We see loneliness, fear, and heartache. We see other religions, different ways of finding meaning, and calls to action that open lots of questions we never knew we had:

What about abortion?

What about sexual identity?

What about Buddhism, Islam, or all those other -isms?

Is Heaven the real deal, and perhaps the bottom line- is Hell?

Good to go is good for most days, but we crave more. We want to know more, seek more, and understand more.

God gives us answers in the Bible, it’s Truth written out with blood stained ink by the prophets and early Apostles of the Church.

People died for this Truth. But people die for other truths, so which truth is actually…well…Truth?

In today’s podcast we’ll examine Truth with a capital T and it’s connection to sacrifice. We’ll wrestle with tough questions with no easy answers and one easy answer all at the same time.

Find the podcast here. Share your thoughts in the comments. Get the conversation going.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

YA Bonus – Freedom isn’t all about you

Someone next to you needs to hear your voice.

Perhaps you don’t already know this, so I will speak it plainly:

Someone needs you.

You know people that I don’t know. You sit beside people that I do not sit beside. You have influence in the lives of people around you, whether you know it or not.

When you speak hope, hope shines.

When you speak Life, Life shines.

When you speak Christ, Christ shines.

There are people in this world who will never open a Bible, and people who may hear the name of Jesus but do not know the freedom He offers, the power of the resurrection to lift guilt and shame and all the junk of life.

Your pressures and struggles are different than mine. Youth and young adults have pressures and struggles that I can imagine, I can talk about from my experience, but ears aren’t quite as open to my voice in the past tense. You have the benefit of the present. You have the benefit of, “I’ve been there. I am there. We’re in it together.”

In today’s podcast we’ll discuss some unique yokes of young adulthood and why “in it together” matters more than you might think.