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Being a Burden Carrier

Guilt may get you across the street; sympathy may take you across town; but a God-inspired burden will take you from heaven to hell and back until the object of divine compassion is fully transformed.

We could call them burden carrier–those who raise a standard or banner for a person, people group, nation, or nations. It’s not that there is no joy involved. It’s just that everything points back to divine justice and restoration being served and there is some irritation there.

This is what I saw as I read this week’s chapter with Katie returning to America to raise funds for her new ministry in Uganda. She saw the tremendous disparity between the two worlds and she couldn’t stand it. She didn’t seem angry so much with the people in her hometown so much as at the plight of dying children with no hope back in Uganda.

She couldn’t just forget about them. They were a part of her now. In the end, she knew the burden carrier had to be the burden sharer so that the Body of Christ could do what it has always been intended to do.

From Chapter 7 of Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark

Jesus wasn’t comfortable with the status quo and wouldn’t allow His disciples to be either. His whole life He carried a burden for liberation and freedom. His compassion moved Him to heal, touch, forgive, teach, etc.

We often think of the burden being carried at the cross, but really Matthew 8:16-17 lets us know He carried the burden all the way to the cross.

16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.”

He was fulfilling it by taking every disease and grief and infirmity every time He reached out in the Father’s love and kindness. This passionate burden to do the Father’s will caused him to drive out money-changers too.

I want to be a burden carrier and standard raiser. I know we need more of those in the Body of Christ. Like I said, it could be one person, but that one person will never be the same. If it’s a situation or even a nation, so be it.

There is joy and life wrapped up in that burden, and the ultimate fulfillment will make all of heaven rejoice.

What do you think? Have you been or will you be a burden carrier? What’s your burden?


This is the part of our book club discussion for week 8 of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.

8 Comments

  1. I shared it on Sarah’s post, but your post emphasized the conviction further:

    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ~ 1 John 3:16-18

    If we do not raise the banner… If we do not love… If we do not help…

    How can the love of God be in us?

    Let’s raise the banners. Let’s make a difference. Let’s love.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Time For Action and TruthMy Profile

    • It may look like belligerence to the world (or even other Christians), but God allows us to carry something of His heart for His glory. Thank you, Dusty. I know you’re passionate about this!

  2. Excellent post. I am reading “The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and this post correlates with his writings on taking up our crosses daily and how if our lives are centered on God, it doesn’t seem like such a burden to bare. Until one truly surrenders to the will of God, instead of resisting it by holding onto part of the world, they cannot fully grasp resting in God while giving him everything. They can’t fully understand how letting go of life brings ultimate joy. I’m a work in progress.

    My blog is devoted to raising Spiritual as well as Social awareness of our world and the need for God.
    TC Avey recently posted..The Hope Light BringsMy Profile

    • I’m currently reading a biography on Bonhoeffer and would like to read The Cost of Discipleship as well. When Jesus tells us to take His yoke and learn from Him, we find we are yoked together to carry the load and we can carry so much more than we ever thought. There may be stumbles and hardship, but with the joy and peace He gives, the burden truly is light.

      Thanks so much, TC.

  3. My burden has been mainly for kids. I’ve coached a great deal and have now been pulled back into it. I have many, but this is the one God seems to keep pulling me back into. It’s a small part, but I’m honored to do it.
    floyd recently posted..BOBMy Profile

    • No small parts when we are being faithful with the gifts and opportunities He gives us. Blessings on your efforts to impact these kids, Floyd! Thanks for being open to sharing your life.

  4. My burden is for men…for them to know how much the Father loves them. SO that they can be the men He created them to be and maybe change the lives of many.

    Good thoughts as usual my brother…thanks!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Life, death and lifeMy Profile

    • I know that’s your burden and you pursue that passion well, Jay. Thank you for all you do!