28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30
Finding Rest by Learning from Jesus
by Tiffany Coursey
Lockeland Springs Campus
As I write this, I find myself weary. Weary and burdened. Weary from the frenetic pace of life. Burdened by the expectations I perceive this life places on me. Maybe you feel this way too. Maybe you don’t feel this way today, but you have been there. In the midst of weariness, I read these beautiful words of Jesus and consider their implication in my life.
“Come to me.” Jesus is calling out to us in these words to personally come to Him and to bring Him all our weariness and burdens, and we will find rest this world can never give us. Remember, He knows our burdens—our very personal, very intimate burdens. He knows the weariness the world causes, and He knows the weariness we bring on ourselves. Despite knowing the messiness of all of that, He calls us to personally come and find rest in Him. This is an invitation I find I have to respond to daily as I inevitably pick up my burdens to carry myself.
Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t end His call there. He also calls us to take His yoke and learn from Him. As we look to Jesus for rest, the only way we will ever really receive it is when we take His yoke and learn from Him. I don’t know about you, but I still have a lot to learn about what it means to truly lay down my weary, burdened life and find lasting rest for my soul in Jesus. Some days this is easier than others. On both the easy days and the hard days, we need to look to Jesus for comfort and learning so we may fully understand how to carry His yoke instead of carrying the yoke of this world.
Jesus wraps this up by telling us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. In the context of these verses, Jesus is talking about the heavy burden of religious legalism. We know we are free from that heavy yoke when we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life. There are no strings attached. We are saved by grace through faith.
He also tells us the burden is light—but this implies that a burden still exists. Grace is without strings, but not without expectations. Please know I am not saying this from a legalistic place. When we honestly and humbly make Jesus Lord of our life, our desire will be to learn from Him and to live out these expectations as we seek to glorify God in our lives.
Salvation is free with an expectation that we will take up the yoke of Jesus and follow and learn from Him. To find rest for our weary and burdened souls, we must take off the yoke of this world and accept the yoke He offers. When we do this, we can learn to find true rest in Him.
- If you are weary and burdened, are you looking for Jesus to give you rest?
- When you look to Jesus for rest, are you also seeking to learn what He wants to teach you about true rest for your soul?
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