Every Monday morning the sidewalks surrounding our home gets filled with garbage. This fact isn’t as a result of rebelling teens, bandit raccoons, or any other appalling reason for that matter. It’s merely because it is garbage day. On Mondays, every home in my community displays their weekly refuse on the sidewalk in green bins—and the rest is no mystery. The garbage truck comes and the collectors take all our unwanted rubbish away. The sidewalks are then restored to being garbage free once more.
What if we had a place where we could take all the junk and debris that crowds our lives?
What if we could take them there—and leave them there–never to worry over them again. Well, brace yourself. There is such a place, it’s called “The Altar.” The altar does for our hearts what garbage trucks do for our sidewalks, it takes our unwanted extras away. We can take all our unwanted problems, pain, and disappointments and lay them at the altar of Jesus Christ. At the foot of the cross, we can place our guilt, shame, and fears and hand them over to Jesus with great confidence that He will collect them all; leaving us burden free. Psalms 55 confirms this in verse 22, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
So what are you waiting on?
Go on, search your hearts. When you have identified the unwanted burdens that have been eating away at your happiness, bag them up and take them up to the altar. The best part is that you don’t need to pay. It costs you nothing to have Jesus bear your burdens and inherit all your troubles. He doesn’t complain about the frequency of your drop off, and He doesn’t leave bits and pieces behind for you to clean up. Additionally, you don’t have to be ashamed nor self-conscious about the contents of your garbage because Christ is non-judgmental.
Jesus genuinely cares for us and He wants the sidewalks of our hearts to be clean. However, we have to do our part by taking our burdening rubbish to the altar.
“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
What garbage has been burdening your heart? Will you take them to the Altar today?