Rest in Christ
As people, often times we feel the weight and pressures of life. The pressure of work, school, etc... The pressure of influencing others to be counter-cultural of the society. The pressure we put on ourselves to make sure we are correctly handing our responsibilities. What we feel can be compared to an open wound that continuously bleeds. Although, we apply pressure on it to stop the bleeding, the blood just continues to run. We have placed band aids over the wound but the overflow of the blood continues to pour out uncontrollably. Most of us, tell ourselves, "I got this and/or I'll figure it out" but then when we can't, we realize that we are in need of help, assistances or someone who knows what they are doing. We think about going to the ER or calling someone who has medical background. Hindsight realizing, we should have called for help from the beginning.
Which is Jesus Great Invitation in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
These verses are two fold, for some of you this invitation is a come again to him but for others of you this may be you reaching out to Him for the first time. No matter where you land the invitation to “Come to me” is profound and very important. These verses come before Jesus speaking in Matthew about the importance of realizing that we only know the Son and the Father because they choose to reveal themselves to us (Matthew 11:27). So, those who are giving the gift of seeing God for who He truly is, are giving a chance to “Come to” Him. What are they coming for is the question? The verse tells us, “…and I will give you rest” (emphasize added).
Imagine being at the beach laying out in 75 degree weather, no worries about work, finances, kids, or anything else. If rest is needed for our physical lives, how much more is it important for us to have rest in our spiritual lives. Like Mark Bailey mentioned, “This rest isn’t like any other kind of respite you’ve ever encountered. You will find rest for your soul here in a relationship with the Savior, but this rest occurs in one of the strangest ways you’ll ever experience. When you come to the Savior for rest, you won’t be sitting at His feet sleeping and relaxing. You’ll be walking alongside Jesus, learning from Him and being mentored by Him. The truth is, when you come to Jesus for rest, you’ll soon find yourself working like an ox! And what is the work He wants you to do? He trains you to be His disciple so you can help disciple others who come to Him too. The irony of the discipling relationship with Jesus is that He promises rest in the midst of the responsibilities.”
The training of “Come to Me” has two focal points: ourselves and those whom God will bring along our path for us to disciple along with Him. Discipleship is a team effort of us being disciples so that we might make disciples. In what better way, to live life; finding rest with Jesus while at the same time learning how to walk alongside Jesus to be able to show that to someone else.
Do you have “rest for your soul” because of the Gospel? What is the Gospel?
Do you have a regular schedule of spending time in God’s Word and praying? Write out your schedule for time with God