I was looking through some quotes recently and this one caught my eye: “We are not over-loaded, we are under-burdened.” What’s that mean?
To be overloaded literally means to be crammed and packed full; to have too much of something; or to have too great a demand placed upon you. To be burdened means to have a duty that causes hardship or stress; or a main responsibility for achieving a task; or it can even mean the main theme of an argument. Followers of Jesus (and the Bible: Numbers 11:11 & 17 Matthew 11:30; Matthew 23:4; Acts 15:28; Galatians 6:2 & 5) speak of a burden in both the negative and the positive. Sometimes we speak of being ‘burdened for the lost.’ I suppose this is OK, but I wonder if a burden might not better be followed, fueled, and fulfilled by love? When we love God, that love becomes dangerous. It grows within, lighting a fire in our bones, a stirring in our spirit, a longing in our hearts. We want to ‘do’ because of love.