Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Leave it at the cross”
At our church we have a large wooden cross erected on the stage. At the foot of that cross is a large pile of rocks – good sized rocks, each weighing a pound or more. Off to the side of the stage is a large plastic tub filled with a supply of those rocks.
Each rock represents a burden someone has been carrying. The rock serves as a symbol and is designed to help us avoid a common problem when it comes to dealing with our burdens. We often talk about laying our burdens at the cross, which is a good and proper thing to do. Sometimes we do it in our minds, and sometimes we actually kneel at the altar on a Sunday morning and prayerfully ask the Lord to take our burdens from us. But then we get up and carry the burden back with us rather than leaving it at the cross with Jesus.
The purpose of our cross display, with its pile of rocks, is to assist people with truly giving their burdens to Jesus and then leaving them there. When you come to our altar you can select a rock from the tub (the rock symbolizing your burden). Then you can prayerfully lay it at the foot of the cross. The thing is, once you’ve put it there you can’t have it back. You have to leave the rock (and your burden), at the cross.
I have an index card in my Bible with a list of the rocks (burdens) I’ve left at the cross. I look at that list everyday just to remind myself that I gave those things to Jesus. I also swiped a rock from the bin and took it home with me. It sits on a bookcase close to my desk where I can see it every day (I tend to need lots of reminders).
In 1 Peter 5:6-7 the Apostle urges us to humble ourselves before God (actually kneeling at the cross helps with this). Then he tells us we should cast all our cares and anxieties on Him because He cares for us. The implication is that if we will give the burden to Him He will gladly take it from us. But, you do have to leave it with Him. Don’t make a show of giving it to Him but then continue to carry it yourself.
I encourage you to give your burdens to Jesus – cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you.