“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 11:28-29)
WHO is invited?
“…all you who are weary and burdened…”
Jesus calls the tired and the stressed to join him. This weariness is more than a physical reality, Jesus is talking about something much deeper and therefore difficult to deal with. Jesus is calling everyone who is struggling under:
- The pressure to perform and meet unrealistic expectations
- Shame and guilt
- Unhappiness and a lack of joy
- Anger and rage
- Pretending to be something you aren’t
- Discouragement and depression
If you feel like you are being buried alive, Jesus is calling your name, inviting you to a better life.
WHAT is expected?
“Come to me … Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…”
Every invitation must be accepted–Jesus won’t force you to trust him. He won’t make you live a life that honors him. Once you see your weariness in the mirror, it is your decision with how you will respond. Will you continue as you have, or will you go to Jesus?
Going to Jesus is simple. It begins with an attitude that says, “Jesus, I am not enough, but you are.”
The natural next step is to reorder your life to look like Jesus. In Jesus’ day, a yoke was a wooden beam that kept two animals aligned–headed in the same direction, at the same pace. We align our lives with Jesus by learning from him–reading the Bible, time in prayer, listening to sermons, singing worship songs–these are some ways you can learn from Jesus.
WHY should we obey?
“…I will give you rest … 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.”
Only in Jesus can we find what we need: rest for our souls. Everything in this world works against peace and tranquility: we are constantly on the move, making sure we keep busy. We make mistakes and rather than learning from them, we let them define us. We are isolated, even in an age where technology promises connection. We are never without our screens and a moment alone, without media, feels wasted. In our world, where can we find soul-rest?
Another question to consider: where can you find true gentleness and humility? The world makes big promises up front, but inevitably it fails to deliver. A friend betrays us, an authority abuses power, and help it is hard to find.
Living God’s way is difficult–but it’s more devastating to live the world’s way.
Jesus has extended the invitation.
He has called you to align your life with his.
Can you think of any reason why you shouldn’t? Can you think of any good reason why you shouldn’t?