“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
There is no day like payday! The rush of landing a huge client or your boss handing you a few weeks’ reward for your hard work, is always satisfying. It constitutes a deep feeling of worth and masculinity when you know you did your job well and your labor merits a good reward. So, you strut your way to the bank with your “millions” in your pocket, and you come home with a bag filled with so much money, you don’t know what to do with it all! Right? Okay. I may have exaggerated a little, but it is still an awesome feeling to cash in those wages!
It is a great tragedy though that many of us use this same ideology when it comes to the restlessness within. Heartache suddenly interrupts our way of life, so we bury our head down and just try to push through, wishing that our effort will somehow merit rest for our soul. Our knees become feeble from all of life’s responsibilities, and we just hope “pay-day” will come soon. “Maybe if I work hard now, everything will get better later! The grass is always greener on the other side, right?”
But let’s assume for a moment that we are not in the valley, but on the mountaintop. Life is good and calm, but we bear the notion that our hard labor and religious achievements have given us a warrant for rest. We have the “doing more is doing better” attitude when it comes to our service to God. “Peace must follow me; look at all the things I’m doing for Him!”
But we must not overlook the words Christ uses in this passage. He said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You don’t earn rest. You cannot expect it. You don’t receive it through spiritual osmosis. Soul rest is given to you by the only One that has the means to do so. I bring you back once more to the first three words, “Come unto me…” Our rest can only come through the touch of the Master’s hand. Worth and comfort is in His touch, and blessed is the man whose rest is in the Lord.
Finding rest will never be achieved upon the pursuit of it, but only upon the constant pursuit of Jesus! Rest is not the end goal, God is the goal! David says, “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.” Psalm 116:7
Has it ever occurred to you how much Christ wishes to give you? Sometimes the answer is to simply just come and see. Are you trusting Christ to give you rest today? Don’t try to work for your rest when Jesus had already paid for it!