Gateway Friends -
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Message
As a follow up to Sunday's message and the gracious invitation Jesus offers, many of us might be wondering how to experience rest. A friend recently said to me, "I'm too busy to rest."
Often we say, “When thus-and-so happens, then I will catch up on my rest.” For you, that might be:
When I finish that project.
When my kids are in school.
When I get that promotion/raise.
When I find a different job.
When I have enough money to hire help.
When my kids leave home.
When my finances improve.
When I get in better health/shape.
When I retire.
“When we strive, God waits; when we rest, God acts.” –Jack Frost
Rest requires faith, and a lack of soul rest is caused by fear and doubt. The Greek definition for “rest” means “to cease, to be refreshed, to settle down, and to abide.”
It takes submission and surrender to settle down into God’s rest. Instead, many of us go through life feeling restless. When wedon’t allow our hearts to be still, our emotions stay stirred up. We struggle with an unresolved issue...Forgiveness...Bitterness... Hurt...Insecurity.
Restlessness is a symptom of being homesick for God’s love. True rest comes when we can hunker down in His love and know it’s enough—we don’t have to perform or strive for perfection; just be.
“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” – The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland
If you can relate to that saying, you’re probably still striving for: praise, performance, power or perfection. You will never rest if you chase these self-focused goals. Let’s lay down those pursuits and chase after just one thing - More of Jesus.
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