Speaker: Pastor Marty Voltz
Scripture: Matthew 11:25-30
Stress, anxiety, depression, sleepless nights, a weariness that eats away at the soul—these are common complaints from a generation that has been taught to find its value and worth in the amount of its productivity.
- Jesus’ invitation to “Come, find rest,” is intended for those:
- Trying to carry burdens God never intended them to carry.
- Trying to carry legitimate burdens in their own strength.
- His invitation to “Come, find rest,” is extended to:
- The weary—those who see life as a struggle (v. 28).
- The burdened—those who are burdened down by the stuff others have piled on their backs (v. 28).
- The childlike—those who humbly seek God's enabling grace (v. 26).
- Jesus’ invitation to “Come, find rest,” is an invitation to yoke yourself to Him (v. 29).
- His invitation to “Come, find rest,” by yoking yourself to Him is an invitation to:
- Learn the disciplines of rest from Him (v. 29, see also v. 27).
- Labor alongside One who is gentle and humble (v. 29).
- Lean into the yoke He has fashioned for you (v. 30).
- His invitation to “Come, find rest,” is an invitation not to inactivity or ease but to a refreshing of one's soul (v. 29).
Personal application: Lord, I’ve grown weary under the weight of this world’s burdens. I am in desperate need of Your refreshing. Today, by faith, I lay down the cares that threaten to crush me and gladly place my shoulder under the yoke you have fashioned for me. Grant me the soul-rest that You alone can give. Amen.