So currently it is 12:55 A.M. and I am tired. I make poor choices on a regular basis when it comes to sleep. I willingly give up time for sleep to other things, usually hanging out with friends. I know this is a poor choice in that the rest of the day/week I feel the effects of not getting the appropriate amount of sleep.
Some effects include: lowered immune system, lowered attention span, lowered mental awareness.
Today’s passage is Matthew 11:25-30,
“At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you 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.”
I believe the parallel of Physical sleep carries over to the Spiritual. We must regularly come to Christ for Spiritual “rest” so that we may be “sober minded” ready to the on the challenges ahead. Much like Jesus told the Women at the well, “Keep coming to me”. A continual process of restoration.
The Alternative of never finding rest in Christ regularly is the same as the Physical. Our defenses are lessened against the attacks of satan (Lowered immune system). It is harder for us to focus on God throughout the day and to hear what He has for us (lowered attention span). We are less aware of, not only spiritual attacks but, spiritual opportunities, as well (Lowered awareness). All-in-all lack of Spiritual rest leaves us in a vulnerable and ineffective place in the kingdom of God.
So how do we Rest in Christ? Great question! The answer is in verse 29!
“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.”
So here we are called to two different things for the purpose of finding rest in Christ.
- “Take my yoke upon you”. We are clearly called here to serve God and follow His lead even if we feel as cow do without complaint of the purpose of the work but trust in the Master to lead correctly.
- “and learn from me” We are called to learn from Christ! Much like Mary did when Martha was off cleaning and preparing for Christ. We are called to sit at the feet of Jesus, sometimes rejecting the culture norms for the purpose of a deeper relationship with Jesus.
So let us pursue regular rest as we go about our spiritual life. Not rejecting the Service or Instruction of the Lord in and through our lives. And let us rest confidently in the person of Jesus Christ and what He did for us, to God’s glory.
Reach out to your Rest,
Just a COG