Command or Burden

The only burden you need to receive from the Lord is the love you carry to obey Him. You already have it.

Text for Today – Matthew 28:19 –  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

So often I’ve heard folks asking the Lord to give them a burden for the lost.  I’ve known folks to pray and even fast for a burden for the lost.  Now I know I’m about to step over onto some folk’s sacred ground.  Still, my responsibility is to declare the truth of God’s Word, so here it is.

My question for your consideration today is this, “Why would someone ask God to give them a burden for something He has already commanded them to do?”  Samuel declared that “obedience is better than sacrifice.”  I believe I understand what people are asking.  It could  be one of two things.  Either they’re asking to have a feeling of compulsion, or such a heavy sense of guilt that they will do the right thing, even if they don’t want to do it, or feel like doing it.  In either case, what seems to be the focus of such a request is a feeling of something that overwhelms the flesh or the emotions.

However, the Scriptures tell us that the just shall live by his faith.  We also know that faith works by love.  Add to that the Word’s Own definition of the love of God, “that we keep His commandments,” and it seems that feelings simply have no place in our walk of obedience to the Lord and His commands.  I define a command of the Lord as an order from God about which there is no choice, and from which there is no turning.  Can you imagine a soldier who is under orders to carry out a certain mission and achieve a certain objective coming to his commanding officer and asking for a burden that will compel him to go out and do his assigned work?  How utterly ridiculous such a scene would be.  ;the soldier’s very request would point to the fact that he was already guilty of dereliction of duty, if not willful disobedience to an order.  In the military, these are serious offenses.

How much more serious would such an offense be in the Lord’s army?  You don’t need a burden for the lost to make you pray or offer a witnessing testimony to an unbeliever.  All you need to do is carry out the orders the Lord Himself has already given.  I am about to make a hard statement to you, so grab hold of something.  If your obedience to the Lord’s commands is based on anything other than your love for Him and desire to obey Him, then your motive for obedience in lacking in what it will take to make your faith work.  in short, you’re attempting to get His favor based on works, and not on faith.  The works that arise out of faith are love-borne, and must of necessity arise out of willful obedience to His commands, and not from feelings or emotions.

Manna for Today – Isaiah 6; 1 John 5:3

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