Matthew 11:28closeMatthew 11:28 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (ESV) (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to Me all you who weary and who carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
To labor is to ‘work continuously- slowly and with great difficulty’. How much of our lives is filled with doing just that alone? How many heavy burdens do we actually have in life that are ours?, or are they burdens of ‘expectation’ placed on us by others?
Jesus said, ‘He would give us rest.’ To ‘rest’ is to cease all activity – mental – physical – emotional – He wants us to ‘rest in His presence’. He can refresh us like nothing else on this earth! Stop and allow Him to Refresh you – energize you – enable you in ways you never thought were possible.
Matthew 11:29closeMatthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (ESV) (NLT) (Jesus said) “Take My Yoke upon you…”
Jesus wants us to place what we have trouble carrying on our own, upon Him. Allow Him to become your provider, your protection, your healer. He will never ask anything worldly of you. He will never tell you that you have to dress a certain way or look a certain way to enter into His presence – He does not care what you look like on the outside – He looks ONLY at your heart!
Don’t let others place ‘religion’ upon you – the burden of having to conform to ‘their vision of who you need to be or what you are to look like.’
Look to Jesus’ example – Look like Him! Do what He does – say what He says – then you will be in His will and ANYTHING will become possible for you!
Excerpts from the message by Pastor James