Rest and Learn

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Matthew 11:28-30 ERV, “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”

I love these words that Jesus spoke. It was an invitation to the Jews that there was a better way, an easier way, that way was Jesus. They had struggled so long to keep the law that could not be kept, forcing them to make sacrifices for their sins. Jesus offered a complete, one time sacrifice-Himself. His teachings were of love, peace, patience, kindness, humility and meekness.

This morning as I thought of the many times I’ve struggled with personal weaknesses, inner turmoil, impatience, anger and a plethora of other emotions, it occurred to me that in trying to work it all out myself, I was not accepting the sacrifice He made for me. Each time I took it into my hands and worked to make it happen, I was saying, “I got this!” But when I took my hands off and said, “Please take this!” He worked and I rested.

My thoughts have always been, “I can’t just give up and let go! God expects me to something!” But the truth is, He really wants me to rest in the work He’s already done for me. He did it so I wouldn’t have to. Why can’t I get that through my thick skull!  Because if I just give up, I’m admitting defeat. I can’t just lay down and die! But isn’t that what I need to do?

It’s ok to trade our sorrows for joy but our control for His? Complete and total trust in an unseen God? It’s ok to ask for help on things we can’t do in ourselves, right? But if we’re able, we shouldn’t bother God with it. Not true at all, is it. Everything we need for life is found in Him. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus, I accept Your teaching. “Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me. And that thou bidst me come to thee. Oh Lamb of God I come. I come.” I take what You offered, the complete sacrifice for all my sins. I yield and submit my life with all of the bad and good. I relinquish control. I relinquish my inabilities for Your ability. My plan for Your plan. Today, I commit myself to Your rest and I thank You. Amen

Revelation 14:13 ERV; Then I heard a voice from heaven. It said, “Write this: From now on there are great blessings for those who belong to the Lord when they die.” The Spirit says, “Yes, that is true. They will rest from their hard work. What they have done will stay with them.”

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