“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
I LOVE THIS SCRIPTURE! It exudes Jesus’ loving and warm invitation to enter into His peace and rest. If this scripture doesn’t make you want to dash into Jesus’ arms, I’m not sure what will.
Life has been pretty hectic since the last time I blogged. I’m getting my rhythm as I lead Bible study, and things are going well. However, significant home repairs and other matters have demanded me and Donovan’s attention, making us a little more fatigued.
Now in this small window of decompression and rest, God is inviting us to come to Him, and we’re gladly accepting.
I remember in the earlier years of my Christian walk, coming to Jesus seemed like a challenging task.
In my weakness, I often thought I had to present a cleaned-up version of myself to enter into His Presence. I figured, “He’s GOD and wants my best 24/7 no matter how tired I am. Get yourself together, Lindsey.”
In my mind, I thought this meant hiding the weariness, weakness, and fatigue. HA! How foolish was I? I found soon found that thinking and living that way is a dangerous place to be.
The more I came to God with my false sense of strength and composure, the less of my best I was able to give Him.
Meaning Behind The Sweet Invitation
When reading Matthew 11:28-30 now, I see Jesus inviting me to come to Him as I am, no matter how broke down, tired, weary, or weak I am physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.
There’s no need to hide how I’m feeling or pretend how I feel, especially when He knows all anyhow.
Not only do I sense His peace and rest, but Jesus is also humble. Looking back in my messed up “cleaned up” version of myself, I realize how ridiculous (not to mention offensive) I must’ve looked while arrogantly posing as someone as I’m not.
It hurts us and the intimacy we share with Him.
Jesus ultimately wants ALL of us. The good, bad, and the burdens.
Instead of hiding our weaknesses, show them to Him.
He delights in our weaknesses so that His power and strength can rest upon us as guide us into the path of peace along the way (2 Corinthians 12:9, Luke 1:79)
He’s trading in our daily heaviness and the specifically larger tailor-made loads for His light and easy yoke.
It’s okay if we don’t have it all together all the time. TRUST ME, I DON’T! We’re not supposed to. However, when God sends us that invitation to Come and Rest in Him, we’re supposed to take it joyously with a humble heart.