Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
As we seem to be coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have had to deal with a new normal. Jobs have changed or lost. Staying at home, and some with children, have had to deal squarely with more time together than ever before.
We have been restless. Home projects are on the increase. Tensions have risen due to the sharing of close quarters with loved ones. Suicides, domestic violence, and drug use have skyrocketed. Many have tried to research information only to find conflicting messages.
One single act of violence by a police officer has caused a whole country to turn upside-down. Protests, both peaceful and violent, have erupted.
If one were to watch the news frequently, your spirit would be hard-pressed to be at rest.
So, where does the child of God go to find rest? Some escape into the world of amusement watching movies, binging on television series. Others have dove into books. Some have taken to work, working out, crafts, and hobbies.
Not all are bad. But, if we use those activities as a substitute for the comfort our Savior offers, we are missing something beautiful. We must labor. God tells us that if we don’t, we shouldn’t be allowed to eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
But even when we are working and serving as we should, we become weary and tired. God did not create us to continue in long, extended periods of work without rest and rejuvenation. Some plan vacations. But, they include so many activities that they need another holiday to recuperate from their vacation.
God calls us to do that which He created and gifted us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
When we do not do that which we’ve been commanded, the work we participate in seems fruitless, unsatisfying, and tiresome. You will never be happier and experience greater joy in life than when you find your purpose using your gifts and talents for the Lord.
Not everyone is called to full-time ministry work in the church. We are all called to full-time ministry in that which we are called to do. There are doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, factory workers, garbage collectors, and even political leaders called to those positions.
God can and will use us all if we would but submit to His leading by the Holy Spirit.
Some of the most miserable people on the face of this earth are those running from God’s call on their life. They may experience some semblance of success as the world may see it. But, in their heart of hearts, they’re miserable.
Jesus beckons us all.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…”
Getting in the yoke with Jesus is an act of submission. It is a humbling thing to forsake our pride and enter into that position of submission. Yet, in so doing, we can experience the most significant peace, knowing we are not alone.
Our Savior does not wish to be a dominant taskmaster. He desires to show us what joy it is serving the Father. All the promises, protection, provision, and power are available to us – if we get in the yoke with Him.
That which God commands, He enables us to do.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ“
Pride keeps us working in the flesh. Humbly submitting to allow God to work through us is the path that He desires.