Preaching & Teaching

Jesus’ Rest Is a Gift, Not a Process

“Come to me… I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you… and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

When Jesus says that we will find rest for our souls, this doesn’t mean sleep. He is not talking about Tylenol PM! He calls us to an active life—that’s what the yoke is all about.

Jesus is saying, “I will put an end to your inner turmoil. Bring your wounds, your hurts, your fears, your regrets, your disappointments, your anxieties, and your inadequacies to Me. Bring the pressures, the perplexities of your life to Me. I will give you a peace that passes understanding, even in the midst of trouble. My peace I give you.”

This rest is Christ’s gift. It is not a process. It is not like a prescription or a formula that could be obtained from different sources. It is the gift of the living Christ to you.

J. C. Ryle in his book Old Paths says, “Rest such as this is the privilege of all believers in Christ. Some know more of it and some less; some feel it only at distant intervals, and some feel it almost always; few enjoy the sense of it without many a battle with unbelief, and many a conflict with fear. But all who truly come to Christ know something of this rest.”

Let the weight of your burdens draw you to the Savior today. As your load becomes heavier, you have more reason to come to Him. The wearier you become, the more you need to yoke yourself to Christ. This is a marvelous way to view the pressures of your life. Use them as a reason to draw near to Christ today.

Will you take the Savior at His word today? Will you come to Him? Will you receive what He offers?

Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-campus church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and president of Unlocking the...

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