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Do not be overburdened

Acts 6:2-4 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.  3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

When Abraham and Lot were staying in one place the land was unable to sustain their weight of their possessions.  They have to separate in order to avoid strife between their servants (Gen 13:5-7). If we look at the life of Moses, he was single handedly bearing all the burdens of the people.  When he was doing so, both he and the people got tiered because of heavy burden upon Moses. His father in law told him to appoint several leaders who will bear the burden of the people along with him. The Apostles selected seven disciples among them and made them to look after the responsibility of everyday task in order for them to concentrate on their own calling. Throughout the scriptures, we can see God gave His children the wisdom to distribute the burden, so that they can continue their walk with the Lord, not bogged down by excessive weight on their shoulders. Same way in our life today, if we feel overwhelmed by others weight on our shoulder both spiritually and physically, then we need to seek God’s wisdom to distribute the responsibility and at the same time regaining our own strength in our walk. The burden of others should not overwhelm us; if it is, then we should seek God’s guidance to shed or distribute the unnecessary burdens. In this way, we will not be overburdened in our race and at the same time we also let others to grow unto maturity. Let your suffering be according to the will of God which fulfills God’s righteousness and not your own peer pressure.