"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
In this fast-paced world I believe that we have lost the meaning of "rest". Even when we take a vacation we have to go here & there and do this & that. Then, when we arrive home after our vacation we need a rest from our vacation! I looked up the meaning of rest - "peace, ease or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of work or an activity. Quiet relaxation." I honestly can't remember the last time that I truly had that kind of "rest."
And what ever happened to Sundays being a day of "rest"?? - I can remember when every business (including the mall) was closed on Sundays. Today - In many ways, Sunday is no different than a weekday.
In these verses from Matthew - Jesus is giving all of us an Invitation - "come to me." Here we are again trying to handle all hardships and difficulties on our own and of course we become totally worn out. Jesus is saying: "Just come to me & I will take care of everything - no need to make yourself totally exhausted." (those are of course my words but that's what I believe that these verses are saying).
In the Bible the meaning of "yoke" is "servant hood." We can make things so unnecessarily complicated - Jesus is saying that life doesn't have to be so difficult because of His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. We still have to serve and there will still be problems and hardships but with God in control our personal burden will be light and our "yoke" will be easy.
Won't you please R.S.V.P. and accept Jesus' invitation to Find Rest For Your Soul?