Pastor Mark, I am tired of religion. I’m worn out and exhausted trying to please God. What can I do?
Listen to Jesus’ invitation to people like you.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Jesus invites you to come to him.
Jesus invites the burdened to come to him. You come to him when you sense your spiritual sickness. The first step to take toward Jesus Christ is a frank and humble admission that you need him.
Jesus took the burden of your sin when he died on the Cross. If you come to him, he will give you rest — a full and free forgiveness. You must not stumble over the simplicity of this invitation; all you need to do to receive his rest is to say, “Yes” to his invitation.
Jesus invites you to receive his yoke.
When you come to Christ, he first eases your burden and then places his tailor-made yoke on you in its place. Receiving Christ’s yoke means you become his disciple — you must surrender your mind and will to his divine authority.
Christ’s yoke is easy because it fits you perfectly with God’s burden of love. You will be filled with love for Jesus and the people he puts in your life.
Jesus offers the same gift through both invitations—rest for our souls.
The way to find rest is to lose your burden at the cross and then allow Christ to put his burden on you instead.
Many people make the mistake of assuming the gospel is a command rather than a free invitation. Jesus came with an invitation not a list of religious rules and rituals.
Accepting his invitation is like traveling to a new city with a friend who knows the way. Jesus invites you to travel with him. He does not give you turn-by-turn directions with a map just to send you on your way with a pat on the back. Jesus invites you to live life with him – to let him give you turn-by-turn directions right there with us! All you need to do is line your will up with his so you turn the way he tells you to turn, go straight when he says go straight and make U-turns when he tells you need to turn around.
Jesus came into time and space with an invitation not with another list of religious rules and rituals. He is waiting for your response — will you come to him?
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Have you said, “Yes” to Jesus’ invitation? How did he give you rest?
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