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.