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.
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 souls. For 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.
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.