This morning, I did not want to get out of bed. It was one of those days, where I just couldn’t get my eyes to open. I knew that I had a long ride ahead of me, because it was my scheduled day to be at the new church we are serving in Mifflintown Pa. I forced myself to get up and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes. “Why do I always feel so tired??’I thought to myself. Like I can never get enough rest.
Matthew 11:28-29 New Living Translation (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
After reading something my daughter had posted on the internet, I went looking for the passage above. I love the way that Jesus instantly relates to the fact that we are weary or tired. I feel like he knew how I was feeling this morning, before I ever found and reread this chapter of Matthew.
“Come to me.” Those are the words that really resonate in my thoughts. Jesus knows that I am exhausted, not just from lack of sleep, but from the attacks of the enemy on a daily basis. He knows that our bodies and minds weren’t designed for the stress and anxiety that we deal with on a daily basis. He offers us an escape. All we have to do is accept his offer.
Imagine living with no hope of ever getting any rest from this life. Many people live just like this on a daily basis. They have either never heard that Jesus offers relief, or has chosen not to believe. Usually, because someone has given them a reason, either by acts or words to not believe.
What we say and do on a daily basis, can impact people so deeply, that we can bring them to faith, or drive them from it. Use your voice, and your life, to show the people around you that there is a way to find rest from the drama of this world.
Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, and then died as a sacrifice, for us. Yes! For us, those who are tired and weary. You and me!
I for one am tired. I am weary, and I am thankful that I don’t have to carry those burdens alone.
What do you think?
Till next week,