60 Pounds of Burden

Shrek

This is Shrek the sheep.

He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

This is perfect.

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10 comments on “60 Pounds of Burden

  1. Hi Delight.

    I also think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has drifted away from our Great Shepherd.

    We need not carry the burden.

    “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

    Shrek is an example of someone who has not come to Christ; someone who has not learned to give up their worries and burdens.

    We should come to Him and leave our burdens at His feet, and we shall find rest for our souls.

    God’s blessings…
    .

    • I see this type of problem in my medical field at times. People get burdened by business, lots of patients, sick patients and spiritual things are last on their list.

      Money is another big reason people depart from Christ. The drive to earn more, buy more properties, do more business can be overwhelming to the point that these folks work 14 hours everyday, and they are too tired to come to church on Sunday…

      Sad reality.

  2. Beautiful analogy. In the process of hiding one thing is certain, the sheep remembered his masters voice, made the proper decision and shed the overburden. Could this be ewe? 🙂

  3. what a great illustration… sometimes though, the Christian don’t have to go far, he can be near the cross and still be very far from the Christ, he can attend church every Sunday and still fail to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.”
    thanks for an awesome teachable moment here!

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