20th January 2011

Coming To Christ For True Rest

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

From time to time we all feel tired, lack motivation, need a rest. Society demands more and more from us. We find ourselves working more and sleeping less. And as human beings no matter how much we’re able to rest, we still get tired again. The need to eat, to work, to do our domestic tasks, to manage our affairs, seems never ending. We just get one thing finished and two more have piled up. We can echo the sentiment of the old TV advert, which said, ‘Why can’t everything be as simple as Corn Flakes?’ Stress and exhaustion are all too common, and often it’s our relationships that suffer. Too many people try to find an escape in alcohol, drugs, or gambling, but the morning after, the problems are still there.

It wasn’t meant to be this way. Jesus said he came to give us rest, and if we believe in him, we enter that rest (Hebrews 4:3). Jesus’ rest is unique because it lasts. God lives in a state of permanent, spiritual rest, and through Jesus Christ we can share in that. When we rest in Jesus Christ we don’t have to keep going back to the same old problems and fears. Humanly we rest to be refreshed, but Jesus says if we drink of his water we’ll never thirst again (John 4:13-14). Of course our physical life won’t always be plain sailing, but the more we really get to know Jesus, talk to him in prayer and allow him to live his life in us, the less we need to worry and the greater our peace of mind. As it says in Isaiah 40:31, “…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Almighty Father, help us to more fully understand and appreciate the rest you have provided for us in Jesus Christ, and how through belief in him we may enter it today and for all eternity. And as we have opportunity, help us to bring that rest to others who so desperately need it.

Study by Simon Williams 

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