Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
How often do we run around trying to please everyone, our friends, our family, work colleagues, even complete strangers. Social norms and political agendas. The media message of what is right, education’s perspective of what is ethical, religion’s focus of blessing and curse. Cultural traditions past down from our ancestors.
We are bombarded by the communication of others. To the extent we become burdened with conforming, ‘fitting in’ and being accepted. Often we can simply reject the entire process and turn to either self destructive patterns of abuse (addictions) or reclusive behaviour that segregates us from society. The lonesome recluse. The pressures of our lives continually bring us to frustrating and stressful ends.
In this verse from Matthew we are beckoned by Jesus to come to Him. For in Him and Him alone we find rest for our souls.
I know a very special ministry in the Philippines, it is called House of Hope. A Christian Rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. A spiritual place where God’s word is read and preached every day, where brothers recover from their sinful lives in peace and harmony. Where prayer and worship is uplifted to God morning and night. Where souls are reborn and eyes are open.
This verse is their cornerstone. Come to me all you who are wearied and burdened. Those that voluntarily enter the compound’s gate are wearied and burdened from the consequences of sin. As we all are. Yet it takes a humble and contrite spirit to admit such, to kneel before Jesus and cry “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47) and to then take His outstretched hand and follow Him.
As our sinful nature is lifted from our souls, to be replaced by the Spirit’s Nature (Romans 8), we experience the true meaning of freedom. Freedom born in obedience to a Loving God.
This freedom, however, does not come cheap. It was bought at a price, as Billy Graham once stated “It cost God his Son – it will cost you your very life”.
Are you ready to give it up?
Come to Him, when you finally do, you find the yoke is easy and the burden light.