Summary: Share that many of us are going much faster and doing far more than Christ would have us do. We need to slow down!
The title of today’s message is “You Can’t Handle It All,” but the reality is many of you, you’re trying to do way more than you probably should. Because of that, most of us are often overwhelmed. We’re in a hurry. We’re rushed. We’re late. In fact, how many of you are so often in a rush that slow people really annoy you? How many of you would say that? Yeah, just the fact that it took some of you a long time to raise your hand that annoys me. You’re way too slow!!
How about this? Have any of you ever analyzed which line’s going to be the fastest check out at the grocery store? We do. Sometimes Stacy will get into one line and send me out to see if there is a shorter one. Anybody ever do that? Why? Because we’re in such a rush that’s why.
I mean, honestly I don’t have a whole lot of faith that a lot of you are going to be changed this morning. I really don’t, because I think many of you, are going to shake this message off. Later on this week you won’t even remember what the message was and you are going to be back to your insane lifestyle. It won’t affect you, but a few of you will. You will have an encounter with Jesus today, and you will be different.
And this is what I am banking on! If this message can touch just one life then it was worth it all. :PLEASE STAND WITH ME:
Matthew 11:28-30 here is what Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus is saying for all of us that are stressed, worn out, beat down, weary, come to Him and He will give us Rest.
“Some of us don’t even know what rest is. We don’t, because when we rest, we feel guilty. Don’t we? Because we’re not doing something productive, and if you’re not doing something productive, it couldn’t be good. I mean, we’re a society that in general doesn’t have any respect for the Sabbath, a day of rest. We feel guilty when we do it. We feel guilty when we are obeying God by observing the Sabbath with rest.
Jesus goes on to say in verse 29- 30, 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What is a yoke? Well, if you’ve ever seen two oxen plowing a field, or maybe a picture of it, they have a wooden or a steel yoke. It’s what joins them together so that they can go at the same pace, the same rhythm. We should be yoked, or joined, with Jesus. Why? Because many of us, we are going much faster and doing far more than Christ would have us do.
We just have too much to do and not enough time.
So what should we do when we have too many things to do? Well,
I.First of all, we need to recognize that some things need to be shared.
A.Some things need to be shared. You think, “I can handle it all.” You weren’t designed to handle it all. God often gives us things to share with others.
1.Look at the story of Moses. In Exodus 18, starting in verse 17, when he was overwhelmed, his father-in-law gave him some good advice and said, 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
2.The thing I really am impressed about Moses in this story is how he responded.
3.We read in verse 24: Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
4.It really is hard for most of us to take criticism isn’t it. Maybe it is our prideful flesh or we are just instinctively controlling Moses gives us an awdesome example of how to receive criticism. It doesn’t say he argued or even pondered about it. It says He did it. And the criticism came from an in-law too!! . I am for one horrible when it comes to taking criticism from family members.
5.Besides taking criticism, we need to learn how to delegate all that we have going on.
6. For many of you, what you are doing is not good. What people consider normal today is not good. You’re only going to wear yourselves out. You can’t handle it alone. Now, chances are, the problem with many of you is much like me. I’m totally willing to help others, but I don’t know how to receive from others. I rarely ask for help.