“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 11:28-30
He gives us His roadmap to rest in this passage. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6
- Come to Me. He has made a way within His presence to rest. You first must make the decision to come to Him. He bids you to let Him give you rest….. not your friends, not a book, not a vacation (though helpful!), not perfect living, and not even Calgon! He says to come to ME.
- Take my yoke. He has provided a supernatural yoke that is easy and light and will bring you life. The enemy loves to assign false yokes to you through obligation, guilt, fear, shame, etc. He loves for you to believe that there is a yoke that is more sufficient and satisfying than that of the Lords. Consequently, you pick it up and walk under its weight. This zaps your life and power because you must be so concentrated on relief from the weight that you miss what’s really all around you. By faith, you can release all false yokes today in Jesus and pick up the one true yoke that will free your soul. Ask God to reveal them to you….
- Learn from me. He has availed himself as your personal truth. However, you must approach Him with a teachable attitude, ready to receive. Often times bitterness, pride, fatigue, frustration and offense keep one from being “teachable” towards anyone or anything….. even God. To receive rest, you must humble yourself to Him and that means being open to His answers. For years I used to try to teach God. When I desperately needed help in my life, I had to learn to lay down all that I thought I knew and request a new knowledge. It was then that I really began to learn. His wisdom was abundant, it was my unteachable nature that had and has to continually diminish.
There is a place of rest where the weary and heavy laden can go. A place of peace, hope, and joy. He bids you to come…. He bids me to come…..to complete REST in Him.