Rest for Your Soul
In Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV), Jesus says, “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.” What a promise!
Think about that for a moment. That invitation and promise is made specifically for you. “Come to me,” Jesus says. He didn’t say to go to your family, or friends, or counselor, or even pastor. He said, “come to me.” When you have finally learned to turn all your burdens – heartache, anger, rejection, resentment, unforgiveness (the list goes on and on) – over to Jesus, you will achieve a sweet rest in His arms.
Recently we were privileged to spend a weekend in the mountains with a group of CKs for a Yellow Ribbon Day retreat. The facility is nicely isolated with no Internet, Wi-Fi or cell service except in the dining facility. A chance to unplug! More time for fellowship with each other. People really talked, prayed for each other and enjoyed great teachings. As often happens, our teaching and fellowship times included stories of CKs who have done something notable or infamous (at least in CK circles). We also caught up on what is current with ministering efforts of the CKs. One such story was about a CK that several of us have ministered to with varied results. That was the spark for this article.
It seems that this particular CK has not been able to let go of the burden Jesus speaks about. This CK continues to “labor” and to be “heavy laden.” No matter what approach is taken in the attempt to minister to this individual it usually ends with the familiar “yes, but…” response. Our prayers are that this CK would find the peace and rest promised in the words of Jesus. Is that CK you?
I returned home from the retreat to find an email waiting for me with news from a group leader about a CK from a few years ago. We thought that the CK had given up on their stand because they had “dropped off the radar.” They had grown weary in their stand because they had not seen any changes in their spouse. Something has happened recently in this CK’s life to cause them to respond to the leader’s effort to maintain the fellowship. Is that CK you? Remember that Jesus’ invitation and promise of rest is for you! Come back to fellowship with like-minded believers who pray for and encourage each other.