Are you tired? Burn out? Do you feel weary and burdened with life right now? It's easy for us to feel this way in the culture we live in. Our culture values busyness instead of rest. Consequently, most of us feel exhausted and spiritually dry. Others of us are weary and burdened because we try to "do it all" and live up to God's standard on our own strength. We know that we can't do it, but we try. And in the process, we're the first to point the finger at others who are not living as they should.
Jesus understands our burden. He understands how we can feel weary under the weight of our culture. He understands how we can feel dry and burnt out with life. He understands how we can feel burdened by the sin and guilt we try to carry on our own backs.
Jesus knows you better than you know yourself. He says this to you in Matt. 11:28-29:
"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."
In describing this idea of rest, Jesus borrows imagery from the plowing of fields. Like the yoke that oxens carry together, Jesus is asking us to join him and take the yoke alongside him. Instead of trying to pull the load of our lives by ourselves he is telling us to give our life to Him and we will find rest--rest in the midst of real life.
We cannot come to him trying to help him or impress him with how much we can do for him. We come to him as weak and willing to admit we can't carry the load by ourselves. We can't live up to his perfect law on our own. We can't do it without Him. Instead, we come to Jesus in complete trust that He can give us rest for our weary souls. He can free us from our burden of sin and guilt. He can do this because of His work for us on the cross.
Are you tired and weary today? I encourage you to come to Jesus. Come to Him and receive rest for your weary soul. Lay down your burden at the feet of the Lord. And keep close to Him and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.