Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lay Your Katundu Down

Last Sunday our pastor told a story about a woman walking along with a very heavy katundu. A "katundu" is a burden carried on top of the head. Her load was so very heavy and she had a long way to travel. A couple in a motorcar pulled over alongside her in a large van and offered her a lift. She gladly accepted the ride.

The woman carefully climbed into the van with her katundu on her head. And even though there was plenty of room in the van, she did not lay her katundu down but just sat there with the heavy load still perched right on top. The driver of the motorcar urged her to put her katundu down... ai... there is plenty of room. But the woman said, no no, it's fine... you have already been so good as to give me a ride that I should carry my own load so as not to abuse your kindness.

The driver and other passenger were offended. They had offered her a relaxing ride with plenty of room for her to lay her great burden down... but she wouldn't truly accept all they had given her.

Many times we Christians are like this woman. We thank Jesus Christ for dying for our sins and we accept the freedom he gives us... but only so much. We continue to carry our heavy burdens on our own even though Christ is more than strong enough to carry them for us. Whether it is the burden of our sins or the burden or our worries or the burden of our future - it doesn't matter - Christ can carry it all and he has offered to do so. Lay your katundu down!

    Matthew 11:28
    Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

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