“I don’t want to be a burden!”
I am amazed at how often I hear people say, “I don’t want to be a burden”. No statement could be less Christian than this one! The very essence of what it means to be human is to be unnecessary (God doesn’t need you) and needy (you need God). The only way for you to not be a burden is for you to cease to exist: To be “self – less”.
But to delight in your being—in your is-ness, as God does—is to delight in the fact that you are a wonderful creation of God, taking up space in His world, burdening the universe with your existence.
The alternative is self-contempt, a denial of the reality of what you are. In the end, self-contempt is a sin, a twisted version of pride, which says, “I refuse to submit to reality. I refuse to accept who God has created me to be. I refuse to be a needy burden on the world. I demand that I either become self-sufficient, or cease existing altogether.”
Our greatest sin is not the fact that we are needy burdens on the universe; rather, our greatest sin is our refusal to be the needy burdens that we were created to be!
Ultimately, we must repent of our self-contempt, and joyfully accept that we were made to be tiny, insufficient, and lovely little creatures. Because of our hatred of this identity, we rebelled against our Maker and so became objects of his wrath; we indeed became sinful, broken, and ugly. Nevertheless, he loved us and remembered that we were made by his own hand. And so he redeemed us.
He now invites you to step back into the tiny, insufficient, interdependent You that he made you to be. Be exactly the burden that you are!