Word For You - August, September, October

Rest

19 September 2018
'You will find rest for your souls.'

One of the greatest promises Jesus ever gave us was, 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls' (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV). A yoke is a harness that goes around the necks of two oxen so they can pull a load. How could Jesus talk about being yoked in a harness, which suggests hard work, and about rest in the same breath? To most of us, rest means sitting back with the TV on or maybe getting a few more hours of sleep. That's not the kind of rest Jesus was thinking about. Accepting Jesus' yoke is a picture of submission. It's also a picture of help because it means we're not pulling the load alone. In each team of oxen, one is the leader and the other follows. Jesus will take the lead but you must be yoked to Him to get the benefit. So to enjoy intimacy with Jesus, we have to surrender to Him and His will. Jesus promises that His yoke won't choke us, it won't be wearisome or confining. In fact, the irony is, if we want to be truly free we have to allow ourselves to be yoked to Jesus. Once we’ve accepted Jesus’ yoke, we can find ourselves starting to pull against it when life doesn't go the way we want it to. We try and take back control. But peace and rest only come when we relax in the yoke, and let Jesus lead the way.

 

What Now?

Take some time to surrender your life to God and ask Him to give you the rest that He promises in Matthew 11.

Read More

19th Oct 2018
18th Oct 2018
17th Oct 2018
16th Oct 2018
15th Oct 2018
14th Oct 2018
13th Oct 2018
12th Oct 2018
11th Oct 2018
10th Oct 2018
09th Oct 2018
08th Oct 2018
07th Oct 2018
06th Oct 2018
05th Oct 2018
04th Oct 2018
03rd Oct 2018
02nd Oct 2018
01st Oct 2018
30th Sep 2018
29th Sep 2018
28th Sep 2018
27th Sep 2018
26th Sep 2018
25th Sep 2018