They tie up heavy burdens (hard to carry) and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. Matthew 23:4
If life has an idiom, this is it.
A bull session after the Christian seminar. As the set-up was set down, the service team were asked to gather by the leaders for a meeting. The ending of the seminar did not end their joy in serving but started their fulfillment for pouring precious hours to reach people for God. The heavenly burden on their shoulders was light by the grace of God’s strength. The event servants have been putting their hands and hearts on the line for about two weeks now, so the end of the seminar was a heave of relief and fruitfulness.
So they were astonished when a heavier burden was laid out by the leaders, “If you have ill feelings towards one another, negative thoughts in serving with one another, this is the time and place to let it out!”
This was really heavier on the serving people. When leaders assume members have ill feelings towards one another, they burden them. When people in position see that their followers are in a bad position where in fact not, it weighs down the members. Instead of a life giving atmosphere, burden giving was in the air. These are the kind of burden shoulders can’t carry.
Leaders must share the light not darkness. Leaders must make heavy things light not making the light heavy. If you are leading, supervising, mentoring or parenting, do this. Avoid putting anger in hearts. Avoid planting dirt in hands. Avoid seeding guilt in minds. You can assign service matters to your members but do not assign unnecessary matters in their lives.
In this earthly life, every person will have to bear something on their shoulders. Don’t add what you are not willing to lift. Give life. Give light. Not heavy.