“Come to me, all 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
Jesus’ words are to ALL who are weary, heavy laden, tired, exhausted and burdened. I believe that means just about everyone. I can’t think of anyone who has not felt this way at some point in their lives. But is this the way God intends for us to live? Is life supposed to make us chronically tired and overwhelmed? There is no doubt that life is busy and things can get pretty hairy at times. We will all face difficult circumstances at some point. But is life just about the daily grind? I mean, grinding it out day after day sounds pretty miserable to me. Does it sound enjoyable to you?
Jesus is offering us some relief. Jesus wants us to bring our burdens to Him. Jesus wants us to make a shift. The shift involves us taking our burdens and giving them to Him, and He will take His burdens and give them to us. But we have lots and lots of burdens and Jesus has none. Jesus has no burdens at all. Yes, the entire universe hangs in the balance of the existence of Christ. There are no maverick molecules floating around the universe that Christ does not control (see Colossians 1:15-20). Yet, this is not burdensome to Christ but rather a joy for Him. It actually pleases Jesus to take on the burdens of the universe, including the ones you are feeling today.
Hopefully, you have taken advantage of Jesus’ offer to give over to Him, your struggles, your anxiety, your weaknesses, your exhaustion. But what about some of your neighbors and friends? Don’t you think they are feeling the same things you are? After all, they just live right next door or down the street. Their kids are about the same ages as yours. Don’t you think their struggles are similar to what you face every day? If so, then don’t you think they would appreciate some relief? Wouldn’t they quickly embrace someone coming alongside them and saying, “Let me take your heavy burdens and I will give you mine, which are light?”
The message that Jesus has for you today is one that your neighbor needs as well. But, they don’t go to church and they probably don’t read their Bibles. So how are they going to know the inexhaustible grace that Jesus offers?
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