FridayJune 23, 2017

Daily Devotional

Making Diamonds

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: June 23, 2017

From Series: MVP

In Topics: All, Hope, Jesus, Learning, Life, Worry

Read

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Think

Many of us burden ourselves with an immense amount of performance pressure. And to some extent, it’s good; we need the drive and conviction to pursue excellence. But, we can’t allow it to lead us into a perfectionism schism. The enemy relishes in this. When it comes to our faith, he wants us to hyper-focus on being “perfect Christians”. That way, we are more focused on ourselves than on our relationship with Jesus.

Conversely, we can easily slip from a perfectionistic mindset to a “Let go and let God” attitude. Although, a pleasing platitude, it’s not biblical. It implies that God will remove any stressful situation or problem if we ask. Not true! In today’s verse, Jesus is saying, “Come to Me. Team up with Me. Learn My methods”. Then, when we do surrender or weariness or futile efforts, our loads are lightened. Why? Our thoughts and responses change as we begin to rely on His strength, love, power, and presence.

There’s a saying, “Pressure busts a pipe, and pressure makes diamonds”. Literally, every pipe has a maximum burst pressure. And the only way to make a diamond is through highly a concentrated force—237,000 to 1.3 million times atmospheric pressure. So, metaphorically, pressure brings out our best or worst. Therefore, it’s up to us—we can be either busted pipes or dazzling diamonds.

Pray

Father God, thank You for helping me bear my burdens. Lead me in the right direction and teach me Your ways. I wish to pursue excellence through Your strength and ability. I put my hope and trust in Your perfect love and amazing grace.

Act

Do you have a hard time asking for help? God wants us be yoked with fellow Christ followers. Share your worries and troubles with trusted friends from church. Let them pray with you and for you. Remember, Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there I am among them”.