“‘Come to me, all of you who are weary…'” – Matthew 11:28a
We are surrounded by the rush of life. We wake up in the morning, and the first thing most of us do is check our phones to see if we missed any texts or if there are any e-mails that require our attention. We’re not even fully awake before we send our first e-mail to our boss or a client or friend.
We scroll through Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, catching up on our favorite gossip, seeing what our favorite celebrities are up to, wondering what stupid things our friends did last night while we were at home sleeping.
Life hits us before our feet ever hit the floor.
As a result, we are exhausted. We complain that we can’t sleep right, that we can never seem to rest or relax.
We try yoga and meditation and a lot of other relaxation techniques, but nothing works.
How do we rest? What are we supposed to do?
The answer comes straight out of Jesus’ teachings.
In the life of Jesus according to Matthew, Jesus calls out to those people who are weary, who work endlessly and never seem to rest. He calls to those whose lives are heavy.
“‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'” (11:28)
Such a wonderful promise! Jesus tells us that if we come to Him, He will give us rest!
“‘Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” (11:29-30)
I love this. Jesus tells us that if we just come to Him and let Him teach us, we will find rest! Rest not just for our bodies, but for our souls!
But note what Jesus says. He uses the word “yoke”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with farming equipment, a yoke is something that is used to bind two ox or cattle together so that they pull together and in the same direction. It keeps them together, and they are equally bearing the load.
That is what Jesus is calling us to do. He isn’t calling us to just let Him teach us, but to walk right by His side in this life. He isn’t going to take the whole load, but He is going to help us share the weight of the load that He is carrying.
We are to stop worrying about this life, and start focusing on the yoke that Jesus bears. At first glance, for those who know the story of Jesus’ life, it is a heavy, weary yoke. The burden we share with Jesus is the call to come and die to this life and live a life for Him.
That seems like a heavy burden, but it is the greatest burden to bear, and when we bear it with Christ, it is so much easier and lighter.
So, are you sharing your load? And if you are, is it with the right person?
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'”
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.