“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.”
This is Jesus’ all-purpose invitation to relieve our common, everyday “burden”. In a way, I am “tired” all the time: dragged down by my own sin and/or worn out from colliding with the consequences of everybody else’s. Two steps forward and three steps back is the way-of-the-world that we have created — not what God had in mind at all. But Jesus offers me an alternative. “Accept my teaching” — agree with the truth of everything Jesus says. “Learn from me” — choose Jesus as my singular role model. “Gentle and humble in spirit” — my “heavy burden” is the sad result of my own forceful-and-arrogant “spirit.” If I “come” to Jesus and accept-learn and live-gentle-humble, that is the definition of “rest.” Recovery. Refreshment. Repair. Rebound. It’s Jesus’s gift: putting back in all of what life takes out day-by-day. It all begins to happen when I “come.”
Lord, I need to get the real me and the real you in the same place. Thank you that your door is always open and you are always available to accept and influence me. I’m sorry for having a spirit that wears me out and makes me part of the problem. Here I come, ready to change today. Amen.
~ by Steve Moore