The Call to Rest

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
~ Matthew 11:28 (NASB) ~

Have you ever tried to rest, but as soon as your body starts to relax someone calls you to get up and do something? It happened to me today, twice, each time, within minutes of lying on the floor to rest my back. But there’s a rest that I have in Jesus, that no one can take from me.

“Come to Me,” Matthew 11:28 by Harold Copping.

When Jesus called out, “Come to Me,” He was inviting the people into a personal, intimate relationship with the only One who would give them the rest they sought.

It was also an open invitation—for all ages, to all people, wherever and whenever they may be. It’s a call that many have accepted, including me.

When Jesus said to me, “Come to Me,” I didn’t think nor hesitate, I jumped into His waiting arms. I was exhausted from carrying the weight of the huge backpack that contained my life story. It was filled with regrets, brokenness, shame, guilt, sins, loneliness, and so much more. In accepting Jesus’ invitation, I immediately received His rest. The backpack was gone! All was forgiven. I was immediately different. All my debts were settled because Jesus took all the debt I owed to God and paid it Himself. My restless soul found peace with God.

Today, for all of you whose are restless and exhausted from doing life your way, go to Jesus, and receive His invitation to “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soulsFor My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Life is no different today than it was then; people are still restlessly going from one thing to another in order to find rest and peace, and Jesus is the only One who is able to do something about it.

Warren W. Wiersbe said, “Jesus is inviting us to rest. But please understand what this rest is that He offers. It is not rest from life—but rest in life. He is not inviting us to retire and take it easy! He is asking us to take a yoke of responsibility and face life courageously with a new peace in our hearts. He is asking us to share the rest that He enjoys. As you read the four Gospels, you never see Jesus rushing around nervously, or pushing the panic button. He always has a calmness, even in the midst of trial. His life is controlled by a wonderful peace, and it is this peace that He offers you and me.”

On this Labor Day, I encourage you to accept the invitation to go to Jesus; you will find the rest your soul needs, but more than that, you’ll have a Friend who comforts and loves you like no other.

Thank You, Father, for Jesus, and for the invitation to go to Him and receive the rest we need. We will still have burdens, but this time, we will be “yoked” with Jesus and He will be bearing the brunt of their weight, because His “burden is light.” My experience teaches me that this is true, and I’m thankful that I don’t walk through life alone, but that Jesus is beside me, and sometimes, He carries me! In His name we pray, amen.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to The Call to Rest

  1. As I read this, the empty void of my heart came to mind. The void that I have is never filled. I’ve tried drugs, sex, alcohol, anything you can imagine. Those things filled the void, but only temporarily. I grew up with faith, but never really took it seriously. I realized that I somehow along the way became the hypocrite. As I read my bible more, or even look at faith based blogs, that void is filled permanently. It’s a habit that I have to get into, but so far it’s working.

    • Maria says:

      Dear Walking Unsteadily, I’m thankful that you recognize that you have a void within you. It means that you know that there is more to life than what you see and experience. That “void” that’s in you, is in all of us; and is best described as the need to know that we have meaning, that there is a purpose for our lives. That void can only be filled by an intimate relationship with Jesus.

      Reading the Bible does help; I started reading it when I needed to know there was hope for me. I, too, grew up in the faith, but for many years I denied God and walked according to my own desires. The end result was that I was so lost and lonely that I just didn’t see how my life could change. I knew that I needed to “get right” with God, but I knew I was a sinner and couldn’t face God by myself.

      You remind me of where I was on the night that I gave my life and heart to Jesus. I found out that night that all along, He was just waiting for me to accept His invitation to go to Him. But more, importantly, I found out that He loved me, He truly loved me! I’ve never doubted His love for me, and I’ve been His for over 30 years!

      Jesus loves you; truly loves you. Do you believe this? He loves you so much that He knows how desperately you need Him. He’s just waiting for you to accept His invitation and give Him everything so that you can find the rest and peace you need. Don’t wait any longer; do it now. He’s the only One who can take that void that’s inside your heart and give you meaning and purpose. Most of all, Jesus loves you with a love that fits you perfectly. He’s the only One who can fill that void inside of you, permanently.

      Father, Your beloved daughter needs the reassurance of Your love for her. She needs You to fill that “empty void” in her heart with Your Spirit. Help her to know she’s Your child and that nothing and no one can separate her from Your love. Protect her from lies that may have the appearance of truth, but end up confusing her or cause her to doubt that You love her.

      As she reads her Bible, open her eyes to the truth of who You are. Renew her mind with Your word; transform her into the woman You desire her to be, and help her to get into fellowship with other believers who will surround, encourage, support, and love her.

      Bless her and keep her. Help her to know Your presence and nearness, Your faithfulness, love, grace, and peace. May Your strength hold her up through every trial and/or testing, so that she learns to depend on You completely. And, may she surrender and commit herself completely into Your loving hands. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

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