What are we carrying with us on a daily basis? Are we carrying only the necessities or are we carrying things that we can do without? I have good news for you. All who are saved are destined for a place of increase and overflow. Picture yourself when you were at your peak (endurance). You are at the start line. You have to run a 100 yard dash. The finish line is up a hill. You did it with no problem. Now picture yourself with a backpack on. The backpack is filled with 100 pounds of substance called dead weight. It is common that many Christians hold on to dead weight and carries it everywhere they go. It is carried at home, work, church, etc. Dead weight can keep us all from prospering. Our focus, objectives, goals in life can be altered by dead weight. Dead weight can be very heavy and become a burden. Dead weight can be your anger towards someone, unforgiveness, past relationships, current relationships, disputes with friends and family. It will weigh you down to a point where you feel immobilized.
In Luke 7:11-13, Jesus has just finished healing the centurion’s servant. He is making His way to Nain, Israel. Many people were following Him because of the miracles, signs, and wonders that were going forth. We must follow suit when Jesus is in the picture. We all should want to be wherever the Lord is present. You may just catch a blessing or two in being in the right place at the right time. Jesus went to Nain (present day Nein, Israel). Israel is a blessed place as we are in a blessed place (Kingdom of God). When you are in that blessed place, you are covered by the blood of Jesus. Sometimes we get in the mind frame that there is nothing else we can do in dead situations. That is correct. There is nothing else we can do, but all things are possible through God.
As Christians, we have to look at every situation as a test. That is how God looks at it. On the other hand, the enemy looks at it as an opportunity to deceive you. We must see through the smoke screen set by the enemy and look through it to see the blessing that is waiting for us in the midst of the smoke. We have to put on our spiritual masks of protection given to us by God. That spiritual mask is the spirit of discernment. If we have that on at all times, there is no room for being duped, bamboozled, hoodwinked, tricked, fooled, deceived, and any other synonym you can think of. We see in these scriptures that the widow and pallbearers took it upon themselves to hurry up and bury the dead weight. They did not go to God with this before making this decision. The burden of carrying the dead weight was weighing heavily on them by the minute. It was at a point where they thought it was too much. When we are in the heat of the moment, we tend to make “not so good” decisions. When we are under distress and our emotions and feelings are out of whack, that is not the time to make a quick and drastic decision on what to do. When there is emotional distress, we are not mentally there. We tend to not think clearly. The decisions that we make at that particular time usually end up as a mistake and it leads us in the wrong direction. It leads us down a road of destruction. It takes us to a place we were not destined to go. What happens next is that we regret what we did after the fact. We said something or did something out of the norm because we were in the heat of the moment. We must not act on emotions or feelings. We must take time out to collect our thoughts, get our minds right, gather information needed to make good decisions. Once we have done that, we then must present that to the Lord and wait on Him to instruct us on what our next move should be.
We are good for trying to handle situations ourselves. We have to give it to God. We find out in the scriptures that the dead body (dead weight) is being carried out. Trying to get rid of the dead weight is productive, but we are not capable of doing it without Jesus. Jesus hears our cries if they are sincere. We need to show him where the dead weight is so that it can be lifted off of us. We must wait on the Lord to direct our paths. We must move when he says move and stand still when he says stand still.
In Luke 7:14-15, it states that Jesus puts his hands on the coffin and the son arises from death. Anything that God puts his hands on is bound to be changed before your eyes. That dead situation has to come back to life. When you are a child of God, Jesus is always near ready to act on your behalf. When Jesus is in the vicinity, you do not have to worry. Jesus shows up and shows out. The people carrying the dead weight are stopped in their tracks. They stopped and let Jesus handle it. God has a destination point for all his people. We must stand still until he gives us instructions on where to go and when to move. We could miss out on a blessing if we continue to go where we want to go. The men were about to take the dead weight outside of the gates on Nain. We do not want to move out of that blessed place. If they would have gone outside the gates, the situation would have remained dead. But since they stayed inside of the gates, a blessing came forth. We must stay where God’s presence is. We must remain close to God at all times. Jesus, by his power, brings life to the dead situation. The dead weight has been lifted. God will give you back your life. We can not let our situations dictate our lives and push us to a point where we act out of character and say things out of character.
In Luke 7:16-17, we find something that we have learned through the experiences of life. Nothing has changed to this day. We do not believe in God until he does something for us. Now the people notice Jesus. Now he is a great prophet. Do we feel the same when he is not performing miracles in front of our eyes? Have we forgotten what his capabilities are? The people said that God has come to help them. God will always help us if we get out of the way and let him do what he does best.
We must go to God for everything. We must not try to make decisions ourselves, especially when emotions and feelings are going crazy. He is the counselor and sometimes we need counseling in the midst of dead situations. When we make decisions ourselves and not consult God first, we can be sure that there is a good chance that we will make a decision that will lead us down the wrong path. We must not continue to carry burdens (dead weight). It will continue to weigh us down to a point of immobilization. It will hinder us and all things that God has for us will be delayed. We all can reach that finish line by the depending on our Savior, Jesus Christ.