Believe and Belong

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  Believe and Belong

Bruce Larson, in Believe and Belong, tells how he helped people struggling to surrender their lives to Christ:

For many years, I worked in New York City and counseled at my office any number of people who were wrestling with this yes-or-no decision.  Often I would suggest they walk with me from my office down to the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue.  In the entrance of that building is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a beautifully proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders.  There he is, the most powerfully built man in the world, and he can barely stand up under this burden.  “Now that’s one way to live,” I would point out to my companion, “trying to carry the world on your shoulders.  But now come across the street with me.”

On the other side of Fifth Avenue is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and there behind the high altar is a little shrine of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort he is holding the world in one hand.  My point was illustrated graphically.

We have a choice.  We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, “I give up, Lord; here’s my life.  I give You my world, the whole world.

Quote of the day:  C. S. Lewis

“I became my own only when I gave myself to Another.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 11:28 (Oxford Annotated)

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My heart is burdened for people who are carrying the world on their shoulder.  Father, my prayer today is that they hand over their world to You and as You have shared in Matthew to come to You so that they may find rest.  May the burdens of their day be gone as they hand over their world.  I also want to pray for people who don’t know You as their Lord and Savior, that today they accept this free gift and come into a relationship with You.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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