God's Commands No Burden

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 5:2-5

We humans are made to obey. We will be “bossed.” The question is: “Whose orders will we follow?” An ancient legend says that when the birds were created they had no wings. They hopped around on their two legs as best they could, jumping in the grass and pecking on dead trees but never getting up very high, never knowing what it would be like to soar to the highest treetop or move with graceful rhythm into the setting sun.

Then one day the Creator God fastened wings on their backs to carry them far above the grass and the stumps and the dangers of the ground, up and away with freedom. But the birds rebelled. The wings were a burden: they were heavy; they were cumbersome; they were just more feathers and bone for them to carry around. But when they finally accepted the weight of their wings, they discovered that what at first seemed to be a burden was designed not for them to carry, but to carry them.

A fish is not free to be a fish unless it becomes a slave to the water. A train is not free to travel until it becomes a slave to the tracks. And humans are not free to be what God intended until we become slaves to Christ and His laws. “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).


“Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free. Force me to render up my sword and I shall conqueror be.” (George Matheson)