Mathew 11:28 – 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden. Note that this is an open invitation to all who hear—but phrased in such a way that the only ones who will respond to the invitation are those who are burdened by their own spiritual bankruptcy and the weight of trying to save themselves by keeping the law. The stubbornness of humanity’s sinful rebellion is such that without a sovereignly bestowed spiritual awakening, all sinners refuse to acknowledge the depth of their spiritual poverty. That is why, as Jesus says in v. 27, our salvation is the sovereign work of God. But the truth of divine election in v. 27 is not incompatible with the free offer to all in vv. 28–30. (John Macarthur)
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders (23:4; Acts 15:10), (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search for God. Jesus frees people from all these burdens.The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labour.A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. (Life Application Study Bible)
As I ponder this scripture, my thoughts go to the theme of our Church’s message the last couple of weeks. That is to spend more time in the presence of God. The second things is, yesterday was month end in the Retail Motor Industry, I realise how easy it is to become weary and heavy burdened.
Jesus invites us to come to Him, do you think that is every other day? No, quite the contrary, it means all the time. When things are well in the world no burdens, financial or other, it does not mean we are not suffering from spiritual bankruptcy. My thinking says it is at these times we should ensure that we are spiritually healthy and ready for the onslaughts of the world. “All sinners refuse to acknowledge the depth of their spiritual poverty.” We can only prepare and fix things if we acknowledge a need. Just as I, I am sure there are many in the same position. Stay in the presence of God.
As I think back on month end, you wonder if there was anything you could have done to make it easier. In seconds I realise yes there is plenty. There is the point. Why don’t we do those things diligently to avoid, the burden? It’s just as the commentator says we don’t want to acknowledge our shortcomings. You can do it; you can keep it to yourself, you don’t have to tell others if that is what you afraid of. My advice to myself and others empower yourself to make things easier. “The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labour.” Take time to ponder the scripture and the commentary. Please be reminded that it does not mean the work stops, read the highlighted words again. Knowledge is power fill yourself.
“Lord, I thank you for teaching, empower us, to be more effective for You. In Jesus name, Amen.”