We all have problems because we are all affected by sin in the world. No one is exempt. As a result, we all have "stuff" that we carry.
- Health concerns.
- Financial concerns.
- Conflict with others.
- Conflict with ourselves.
Codependents have it even worse. They carry not only their stuff, they carry everyone else's.
We weren't meant to trudge through life bearing the weight of our problems. We have a God who has offered to take that load off our shoulders. Listen to the offer Jesus Himself makes to us: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28)
We have been invited to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross. The Greek word used for "burden" is translated, the troubles of this life.
To lay our troubles down at the cross is a conscious choice. It is an act of surrender--we are giving up the notion that we can handle them on our own. It is an act of faith--we are trusting that God can handle them. But laying our problems at the foot of the cross is also an act of worship. For when we look up we will see that the cross is empty. Jesus is no longer there. He conquered sin and death. The empty cross stands as as a symbol that we, too, can overcome. The same power that freed Jesus at the cross is available there to free us.
Jesus' triumph at the cross not only gives us life, but abundant, victorious, everlasting life; life to the full (Jn. 10:10). Nothing can make our lives more full than an empty cross.