“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Time for school to start again! Parents, and children alike are excited at this time. New clothes, new shoes, brand new school supplies, lunch boxes, backpacks-all with that “new smell” to them!
Summer Vacation was fun…but it’s time to get back to learning!
How many of us have “stepped away” from God for a short while? We just got tired of all the rules…the discipline…the consequences…the study/learning part of going through trials and trusting God to handle it all for us. ….So we “took a short vacation”, did our own thing for a time, and soon found out that learning from Him wasn’t so hard after all!
“Vacation” from Him seemed fun at first, until the consequences of our actions caught up with us! In fact, the lessons we had to go through during our “vacation” were very unpleasant! …. And those consequences? ….Well, they were more than we could bear at times!
Then, there are others of you that have never come to God. Maybe you’ve never heard of His love and grace. You’ve always done things your own way and paid the consequences; but now, you are looking for a change. You are tired…weary!
Which ever dilemma you find yourself in, know this: Jesus is still right where He was when we decided to take a detour. He still stands there with arms open wide, waiting for us to come back and LEARN how to live life the easy way. The Bible says, He’ll show us how to rest from all the nonsense of this world, He will walk with us, and we will find rest for our souls.
Are you tired? I know I am! Time to come back and LEARN from Him! He will be right there for us when our problems seem unsolvable. He will solve them for us!
Would sitting at the feet of Jesus, and learning from Him be something that some of you have never done? If you come to Him, He’ll make everything new! The ugly things you’ve suffered will go away; you’ll find that “new smell”, even in the mundane things of everyday life! He will give you something new to wear…it’s called the robe of righteousness!
Come to “school” with me, and let’s learn from the Master! Are you with me?