There is this heartbreaking, yet beautiful song called ‘Worn’ by Tenth Avenue North that often describes the weight of this life.
‘I’m tired, I’m worn; my heart is heavy
From the work it takes to keep on breathing.
I’ve made mistakes, I’ve let my hope fail;
My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world.
And I know that You can give me rest,
So I cry out with all that I have left.
Let me see redemption win;
Let me know the struggle ends;
That You can mend a heart that’s frail and torn.
I want to know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life,
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn.
‘Cause I’m worn.’
Do you ever feel like this? Like all you ever feel is this weight, this heaviness, and there’s nothing you can do about it? Like all you seem to do is suffer without end, with no relief in sight? Like you’re drowning in this ocean called life and you just can’t seem to find air?
I do. More often than I’d like to admit. But here’s the catch: there is a truth and a reality in my life that doesn’t exist in some other people’s lives – I have been redeemed by God.
This seemingly simple statement changes everything. The gospel changes everything. It means that though I am worn, there is eternal rest in my future. It means that though I often feel like I’m fighting a losing battle, my God has already won – He is already triumphant. It means that though I struggle, that same struggle will end. It means that everything dead and rotten and broken inside of me will be reborn, because of the sacrifice of a loving and eternal God. It means weariness in this life, yes…but an eternity of perfect rest in the throne room of God. This promise was affirmed at the cross, declared with a claim, and will be fulfilled by our everlasting God.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (ESV)
Everything changed that day. The day our Savior carried the very thing He was going to die on, to Calvary. That day our Redeemer willingly laid His life down for the salvation of His people: us. Despite our sin and our brokenness and our imperfections, God still chose us. But He didn’t just rescue us from our sin. He also promised us an eternity with Him in heaven. Now, we not only find our identity in Christ but our citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20).
1 Peter 2:9 declares that we “are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (ESV)
Christ has called us out of the darkness that is our sin, and He has brought us into the glorious light of Who He is.
“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” – Romans 6:6 (ESV)
We are no longer enslaved. We are no longer imprisoned in our sin or shackled to our broken pieces. We can now experience the freedom that is found in Jesus Christ; because He has claimed us, He has chosen us, and He has called us to a new life.
God has promised us an eternity of rest with Him in the place we can now call home: heaven. He has promised us that though in this life we are weary and exhausted – that though we struggle and experience pain – we will one day know the peace and the rest and the satisfaction that can only be found in Him (Jeremiah 31:25).
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to Him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
– Isaiah 40:28-31 (ESV)
This is Who we belong to: The God that is everlasting, that never grows weary. The God that chooses to lift us up, out from under the weight of this life, and renew our strength. The God that rescued us from an eternity of sin into an eternity of undeserved rest.
Through Christ’s death on the cross, we have been redeemed. Through the grace of our God, we have been brought into His light and claimed as His children. Through the sovereignty of our Lord, we have been promised a calm like no other, a rest that is perfect and wonderful and eternal.
We are a chosen people. So, though in this life we struggle, and we hurt; though we break, and we bleed; though we suffer and are persecuted…though we are laden with all these things, one promise still stands: it is temporary. But our redemption, and our citizenship, and our future and eternal rest…that is forever because we belong to the God that will forever reign.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 (ESV)