Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Do you ever feel like you are burdened down with the endless pursuit of riches? Spoiled by the soft living of the Laodicean age? Or nervous for no apparent reason? Perhaps it is the heavy yoke of Laodicea bearing down upon you. Those who carry this particular yoke, sadly, don’t even know they carry it. They believe they are okay and are actually living miserably, caught up in the pressure to conform.

The burden of the Laodicean age is the pressure of riches, soft living, and nervous tensions. It says in Revelations 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” The pressure of riches, and the endless pursuit of them, blinds the eyes of those who are actually naked and poor. The days of swinging an axe for firewood have been replaced by the blessing of electricity, and in turn has created soft living. Nervous tensions, between nations and individuals, abound at every turn.

Jesus told us to come to Him, all who recognize this burden and its futility. Christ will give us rest while freeing us from a burden that we need not carry. We have to let the Lord lift that burden from our backs. It will fall from you, only by the grace and mercy of God, at the foot of the cross.

We are then to take on Christ’s yoke. Everything in life requires effort and toil, but a life lived for Christ is not to be compared to the joys and riches that await the Bride of Christ in glory. Why not let the Lord take the burden of riches and nervousness from you, and slip your head under the arm of the cross and take on the yoke of Christ.

Don’t carry the yoke of Laodicea, you have been made free from that. He has set you free, why not live like it?

An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages - Chapter Six - The Thyatirean Church Age

The word for burden is weight or pressure. The pressure of the Dark Ages was either bend, or be broken. Bow or die. It was the inquisition, the power of the empire backing up Satanic worship. Be organized or pay with your life. Each age had its pressures. For example a great burden of the last age is the pressure of riches, soft living and nervous tensions in a complex age that we seem unfitted to live in.

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