Recover Your Life (Matthew 11:28-30)
Just about everyone you talk to is busy, and many are physically, emotionally, and spiritually spent. Jesus did not come so that we could be worn down in the “rat race” of life. He came that we may have life more abundantly!
In Matthew 11, Jesus was speaking to a group of people who had experienced the burdens of life, and gave them a prescription to finding “rest”.
1) Your Directive – Come To Me
When we are tired physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually spent, God is often not our first go-to.
God has commanded us to come to Him all who labor and are heavy-burdened. Labor references those who are tired from hard toil. Note that there is a difference between responsibility and burdens. God gives grace for responsibilities. However, we were never intended to carry burdens.
In v. 28, the inference of the word “rest” is
“We go everywhere else trying to find this rest, relief, refreshing, and revival, but the truth of the matter is the times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord.” – Apostle Billy Johnson
2) Your Decision – Take My Yoke
This is an active decision to yoke together with Christ, to be an active recipient of what Christ is extending.
3) Your Development – Learn Of Me
The “learn” in v. 29 implies learning by observation and instruction. The minute we become distracted we lose the yoke and become loaded down with the burdens of life.
“While observing Christ, we should look at how Jesus handled the stresses of life, and mimic Him.” – Apostle Billy Johnson
If you do these things you will find two types of rest:
- The first rest is to be physically refreshed. (v. 28)
- The second rest is an intermission, a break in the cycle of your life. (v. 29)