Before you pitch this pamphlet to the ground, please read and consider these word;
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
[Matthew 11: 28, 29, 30]
By now, you may be seriously considering how heavy your burden really is, but you're not into churchy stuff? How many people do you know that like carrying around excess burdens, especially the unseen kind. The kind that stills your life, your happiness, you joy and your soul. Would you like to have help carrying that invisible weight or are you thinking you can carry it all by yourself.
Maybe you can, but why do it, when you only need to decide to let Jesus Christ carry it. “Now, hold it just a minute. I AM NOT getting suckered into this so called Jesus thing.”
Does that sound like something you would say? Well, don't feel bad, most of us Christians said something like that at least once before we took the time to listen and think about what was being said and what it really meant. But, the fact is, it's pretty hard to say no to something so powerful and fulfilling and burden lifting, that you can get for free. In fact, it's a lot tougher to be a non-Christian, than it is to be a Christian.
If you want to be or stay a non-Christian, you have to like emotional pain and emptiness. You have to like feeling empty and unfulfilled. You might even have to like living a lie. And, if you like living a lie, following Satan will get you lots of those, on a minute, by minute basis.
But, you might be thinking, all this is a lie. Not so.
Remember when you were younger, you thought you could conquer the world in a day. It seemed nothing was impossible and time would never end. Then you grew up and it seemed as if you couldn't get all the troubles off your back. It seemed as if everything went wrong, that could go wrong? That was Satan controlling your life.
See, Satan will promise you everything, show you anything and deliver nothing, but pain, suffering and misery, all in a nice and very attractive package. He does this for rich and famous people too because, he has nothing to offer except, misery and death but he will tell you otherwise.
You are probably thinking, “But, I'd rather be cool and hang out with my friends and do fun stuff.”
A lot of us thought the same way and believed we were having fun, but let me tell you what we found out.
We found out, the burden was getting to heavy to carry. Every day and every night it got heavier and we got lonelier. In fact, the loneliness and guilt started eating away at us, from the inside out. We were actually dying from the internal rot of sin.
But finally, we figured out we wanted, even needed - real love, understanding and acceptance.
First we had to accept somethings about our selves. You know stuff like, not living what's best for me, not doing the best things for me, and not listening to the stuff. When we started listening to Jesus Christ, (Matthew 11:30) He Came Alive to us and we saw what was really real. What was really best.
Hey, I got an idea. Why don't you come over and check us out. You got nothing to loose, and you might be surprised by how good you feel. Remember when you read, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” can you honestly say, you are not ready for a rest, yet?
TUCKAHOE BAPTIST CHURCH
1837 Richards Lane
Knoxville, Tn. 37914
Hope to see you soon.
L. M. O'Neal @