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January 16

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Coming To Jesus To Find Rest

by Dennis Worley
Brentwood Campus

Mark Buchanan, in his book The Rest Of God - Restoring Your Soul By Restoring Sabbath, writes this. “One measure for whether or not you’re rested enough is to ask yourself this: How much do I care about the things I care about? When we stop caring about the things we care about - that’s a signal we’re too busy. We have let ourselves be consumed by the things that feed our ego but starve the soul. Busyness makes us stop caring about the things we care about.”

Jesus said three very important things in this passage—“Come to me. Take My yoke. Let Me teach you.”

Read this passage from The Message: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I am embarrassed to admit how often I read this passage. I suppose I do so because I’m not very good at resting. How about you? The older I get, the more I realize how important rest is - not just for my body, but as importantly for my soul.

John Ortberg, in his book Soul Keeping - Caring for the Most Important Part of You, has some great insights. “Have you ever felt that you needed the time and space to let your soul catch up with your body? That’s a good indication your soul needs rest....I believe Jesus knew the power of the rested soul. He slowed His followers down so that their souls would not become fatigued. We seem to spend most of our time trying to draw crowds and please crowds; Jesus seemed to spend much of His time getting away from them.”

Praxis

So how do we learn from Jesus?

  1. Rest is as intentional and necessary as eating. However many meals you eat each day, take that same amount of time to be still, be quiet, and listen.
  2. Find a designated place—a space—that for you is conducive to helping you connect with God.
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