Day 77: March 18, 2013

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

—Matthew 11:30

Clutter Creep
by Brandon Abbott,

Clutter creep. It's a common domestic disorder that results when my children's belongings overflow from their assigned places and creep into other parts of our home. It’s a serious condition that can lead to increased stress, a chronic inability to find important items, and the occasional middle-of-the-night foot injury.

It's not uncommon for me or my wife to summon our children to the living room and announce that anything left on the floor after five minutes will be lost forever to the next community yard sale.   

This throws my 6-year-old into a tailspin. He frantically begins gathering up everything he can find. But it’s too much, and he spills most of it within the first two steps. Determined, he readjusts the items in his arms and tries again, only to drop even more.

Eventually, I’ll step in. "Son, let me help you."

But he looks at me with suspicion, the words "yard sale" still fresh in his mind.

“Really, just give me your stuff. You can't carry it all by yourself.”

Soon, he gets tired of failing, so he hands it all over. Then we walk upstairs together.

Jesus was frustrated with His people. They’d seen so many incredible things, but they remained so skeptical. He had stern words for their lack of faith: "But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you” (Matthew 11:24).

We want to step in here and say, "That's right. You tell 'em Jesus." But do we realize how often we could be counted among the faithless? We doubt. We forget. We worry. Sure, we believe in Jesus the Savior? But what about Jesus the Answer?

“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants" (Matthew 11:25).

Like my 6-year-old son, many of us are walking around, desperately trying to carry all of our stuff. We know it's misplaced. We know it needs to go back where it belongs.  But we can't seem to manage it all.

Then Jesus steps in. “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Sometimes we listen the first time. Sometimes we simply have to get tired of failing. But eventually, we have to learn to let go.

Too wise to understand? Jesus says, "Come."

Too hurt by the past to trust anyone with the future? Jesus says, "Come."

Failing to hold on to the things that matter most? Jesus says, "Come."

When we do, we find an Answer who’s gentle and humble in heart. We learn what it means to walk with Him, to remove the clutter creep from the rooms of our lives, and to discover the peace and the beauty of rest.

Reflection Questions

  1. What's one thing you're carrying around with you right now?
  2. What's keeping you from giving that to Jesus to carry for you?
  3. How could your life be different if you didn't worry about that thing every day?

About the Author

Brandon Abbott
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Brandon Abbott serves on the staff of Brentwood Baptist Church as Marketing Director, helping to manage the major messages of the church and its ministries. When he’s not at work, Brandon spends his time at home in Thompson’s Station where he builds websites, writes a novel that never seems to end, and hangs out with the people he loves most, his wife and three kids. Brandon and his family attend The Church at Station Hill, where Brandon serves as a LIFE Group coach and plays drums for the Worship Team. You can learn more about Brandon and read more of his devotions and short stories at www.brandonabbott.org.