“Come to me, all who labor 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” (Matthew 11:28-29).
Isn’t it amazing that we can find rest in the practice of obedience?
Isn’t it awe-inspiring that rest is given to us freely as we pursue the instruction of Christ?
Isn’t it marvelous that we can be at rest at the very same time that we are learning and growing in Him?
Christ calls to us to go to Him, to take His yoke (affliction and/or instruction), and to learn from Him. What a seeming paradox, that we are to do these things, adding a new weight to our already wearied souls, in order to find rest.
But Christ goes on to say that His instruction is “easy” and His burden is “light.” In other words, He contrasts His commandments with the burdens of the worlds — and they are exceedingly light in comparison!
Only by heeding His instruction will we discover true rest and peace. Only surrendering to Him will bring refreshment and rejuvenation. For you see, when we surrender to His yoke, He gives us the strength and grace that we need to shoulder it. When we surrender fully to Him, He enables us through His divine power.
As Andrew Murray says in his book Abide in Christ, “Entire surrender to Jesus is the secret of perfect rest.”
What better promise for this time of year, than the promise of perfect rest!