“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
These are the words of Jesus. He says to you, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened….”. Jesus issues this invitation to everyone. No one is left out. Not one person is turned away. All are invited to come. Life leaves us weary and burdened, but we can come to Jesus for help.
“…. I will give you rest.” Jesus is commissioned by God the Father to receive us and to give us all that He holds in His hands – all the resources of God – to enable us to live our lives. Life leaves us weary and burdened. Serving Jesus is not wearisome or burdensome. If it is, then something is wrong. Only the rules & demands of other men mixed in with what God asks us to do have the ability to burden us down. That’s not how Jesus meant our lives to be. We do have jobs to do in the Kingdom of God, but they are not burdensome. Jesus will give us rest from the burdens. That doesn’t mean we don’t have work to do. But there is a time to work and a time to rest.
Do you need rest from the burden of life? Talk to Jesus about it. Let Him help you.
Take my yoke upon you…
Have you ever seen two oxen or draft horses yoked together? A yoke is a piece of wood that goes around the necks of the animals so they can be hitched up to a wagon or other piece of equipment to pull the load together. Jesus tells us that we are not alone! He is right there with us, helping pull the load of our lives. He is yoked to us. The Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) and Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). There is never a time when you are left to your own devices to handle things on your own.
….learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
The fruit of the Spirit is….Gentleness. (Galatians 5:23). It is the job of the Holy Spirit to develop traits such as gentleness in our lives. When we cooperate with the Holy Spirit when He shows us what He wants to do in us, then the character of Jesus Christ is formed in our lives.
Humility is the opposite of pride. Jesus was…found in appearance as a man…he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8). Imagine God taking on a fleshly body and living as a man. The Creator of the entire universe stooping so low as to walk around in the dust of the earth in sandals and then allow some other men to nail His hands and feet to a piece of wood to kill Him. It is hard to understand that kind of love & humility. It was humility that gave Jesus the desire to sacrifice Himself for His own creation.
Imagine you raised for yourself a box of crickets. They don’t have much hope for a fulfilling life, by our standards. Their lives will end by becoming dinner for a frog. How about deciding to become a cricket yourself and go live in the box with them, just to tell them about the world that lies beyond the box and how they can escape the frog? There doesn’t seem to be much point in it at all. In fact, it is a completely worthless thing for a human being to do. Well that’s what God did for us. Jesus didn’t think He was too important to spend His life dying for you. He does not consider you to be a waste of His life. We should not think we are too important to spend our lives living for Him by serving others. Humility is what God needs and wants to build into our lives.
….and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Your soul is your mind, will and emotions.
Is your mind – your intellect – your thought life – at peace? Or are your thoughts & memories tormenting you?
Is your will submitted to God or are you at the mercy of whatever your will tells your body to do next?
Are your emotions ruling your life – negative, out-of-control roller coaster emotions – or are they under control?
The more you learn about Jesus and allow Him to be yoked together with you, the more at rest you will be…the more peace you will experience. Over a period of time, your burden becomes lighter. Maybe your circumstances don’t change, but your outlook on it does. Your attitude towards it does. That’s the work of the Holy Spirit going on.
Bring all your burdens to Jesus. Allow Him to yoke Himself up with you. Learn about Him, His gentleness and humility and find rest for your soul. He will never leave you or forsake you.
All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. John 6:37
What about you? Have you come to Jesus? Do you want to talk about it?
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I am Grace, a Christian