My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Matthew 11:28 , “Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle, and lowly in heart. and you will find rest for your souls.” For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, from the above context we learn that God wants us to take rest in Him. He wants us to carry His yoke which is light and easy. He wants us to learn from Him, for He is gentle and lowly in heart. Have you ever had a time in your life where you felt overwhelmed by the things of this world? Where life seemed so hard and no matter, what you did, things just wouldn’t go right. At such hard times the first thing that Jesus says, to us is , “ Come to Me.” We need to come to God personally; there is nothing between Him and us. Secondly He is inviting us to come. God wants you in fact, He wants you so much that Jesus died on the cross just to prove it. God’s love for us is so great and He wanted us so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Thirdly God knows those who need rest. It is those who labour and are burdened. But what does that mean? All those who labour means, those who are striving to do it on their own effort. And failing to accomplish it.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I know that in my life, when I try to do everything with my own strength, it does not turn out well. “’When you are heavy laden,” means, when your spirit, mind, and emotions, fail to function, properly because there is this weight on you that you try to lift by yourself. It causes you to feel down, depressed, anxious and those negative, things that we do not want in life. So God says, He will give us rest, when we grow weary and He even tells how to derive rest from Him. We need to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him. When we take up His yoke and begin to learn from Him, then we enjoy rest for our souls, our mind, and emotions. God gives us rest from fear, hopelessness, addictions and depressions.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, God drives out our fear, because he is with us, and supernaturally protects us. God has good plans for your life and you can rest, knowing that no matter what your life is now, if you trust God, it will get better. God wants to set you free and give you rest, from the torture you are going through by consuming alcohol, or smoking, and taking drugs or indulging yourself in pornography. If you let God to crush the addiction by which you are enslaved, God will gladly and willingly heal your heart, of the things that caused addiction in your life. Finally depression robs you of the ability to enjoy life and not only hurts you mentally but physically as well. It is not God’s will that you suffer from depression But God wants you to live a full life and is able to heal your mind, as you take those steps of faith to find his rest. Therefore learn to find God’s rest. We need to become more like Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit. It is only as we experience God ,that we become more like Jesus and can rest in Him. May the Lord help you to take rest in Him. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord thank You for providing Rest for our souls. Thank You for calling us to come and Rest under your wings. Teach us to carry your yoke upon ourselves, which is light and easy. Help us to learn from you, as you are gentle and lowly in heart. May we have the desire to become more like Jesus.