Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
One of the most gracious commands in the Bible, Jesus’ invitation to come, (which literally means Come now!) speaks to all who are oppressed by routine, monotony, overwork, responsibility and tension. Those who are heavy laden endure something that is laid on them from an outside source, causing what we would today call “burnout.” Jesus form of rest is not absence of work but rejuvenation and refreshment.
In Jesus’ day, taking the yoke of another meant coming under that person’s leadership and walking in that person’s footsteps. When you take Jesus’ yoke, you place yourself under His dominion. Only then do His followers enjoy the day-by-day release from stress that God intended.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1John 5:3-4”
How do you rest when that problem keeps lingering or showing up every time? Jesus’ invitation is “come” with that burden and leave it at His feet, allowing His to help you. Don’t pick it up again. You keep seeing the problem because you are focusing on it. As a loving Father, He does not want to see us suffering, He wants us to trust Him to take care of us when entrust Him with our issues.
That is when you rest, because you know that your father is taking care of what you have entrusted Him.
- Have you accepted Jesus’ invitation to come to Him with your burdens?
- What makes it difficult for you to rest?
Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your invitation to come to You with all that I’m carrying and You will give me rest. Help me to rest after I have entrusted You with my problems in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Read: Matthew 11:25-30
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