Monday, July 02, 2012

Thought of the Day !!

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."
                                                 Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

As a reminder of yesterday's sermon I chose to summarize a few thoughts from this verse.  First of all, when we are down and out or just struggling with some things in our lives, Jesus tells us to bring these things to Him.  He wants to give us rest.  Of course this is not the kind of rest that allows us to sit around and take it easy while Jesus does all the work.  Instead he told us that we could yoke ourselves (or harness ourselves) to Him.  A yoke distributes the load evenly, which means that He will take on the load with us.  He will see us through and make sure that we don't have anything that we are not able to get through.

He wants to teach us to be like He was when he walked this earth.  He wants us to be humble and gentle at heart just like Him.  Doing this will lighten our load because we rid ourselves of the heaviness of pride or anger or unforgiveness etc. 

So when we are yoked with Jesus we find the rest that he wants us to have.  This is more than mere physical rest.  It is rest for our souls, a deep spiritual rest.  This is a temporary rest that will build us back up to go back to lives of service to Jesus and to others. 

In the love of Christ,


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