Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Heavy Feet

The image I was seeing in the Spirit was depressing. I felt for the person I was watching. I saw them walking through a difficult season of life with heavy feet. Their feet were so heavy they could barely shuffle along the floor sliding one foot in front of the other. They were running out of steam. They had heavy feet because they were carrying an unintended load – a load God never asked them to carry. The person assumed it was their religious duty to carry such a load. While God really wanted to unweight this person from the load they were carrying, the more damaging load was a misunderstanding about their relationship with God.

Paul told the Galatians, ”For you have been called to live in freedom” (Galatians 5:13a). The word “freedom” Paul chose describes the ability we have to omit things from our life that have nothing to do with our salvation. This kind of freedom comes when we realize our relationship with God is intact apart from our broken or misinformed performance.

What are you carrying that has nothing to do with your salvation? Everything you possess was given to you in grace and by grace.  The grace of God has no negative weight. It is what Jesus described in Matthew 11:30, “For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” What we carry is the recognition of grace. The weight of grace does not produce heavy feet.

Let your children go into the hands of a loving Father. Let your future go. Do your best to plan but never forget God is the one who is ultimately ordering your steps. Let a broken relationship go. If you have done all you can to make amends it is time for you to trust God. Whenever we attempt to carry people, situations, and outcomes, our feet will become heavy. Throw off these burdens and move forward under the weight of grace. This is how you were designed to walk through this life.

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