Matthew 11

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30, ESV

When people look at me, they may assume that I wouldn’t be very good at lifting or carrying heavy weights. They would be correct in that assumption. They might then assume that I would be better at running. They would be incorrect in that assumption. There are, however, differences in my limitations in those two areas. When it comes to lifting heavy weights, I simply cannot do that as currently constructed. There are burdens I simply cannot bear, but running is different. I can run, at least at first, until I get tired, but then that’s over, too.

Wait…was this not supposed to be a fitness blog? Fair enough. I think my point is that the challenges we face in our lives are a lot like that, too. There are some that are immediately devastating, making us acutely aware of our limitations, but there are others that offer the initial appeal of self-sufficiency before our legs ultimately give out beneath us. The good news for us is that Jesus invites us to experience rest and peace in the face of those challenges, even those of our own making.

Many in Jesus’ day didn’t receive Him because He wasn’t as they expected or wanted Him to be. That happens today, too, but we can have rest from the stubbornness of our own expectations if we’re willing to humble ourselves and learn from Jesus. Many in Jesus’ day were exhausted by the life-sapping work of self-righteousness. Maybe you know such exhaustion, but Jesus offers rest from the endless pursuit of self-justification by yoking us to Himself. All of us find ourselves crushed beneath the burden of our own sinful rebellion, but Jesus promises a burden that is light. Will you take your weariness and burdens to Jesus today?

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