“Come to me, who all heavy burdened and I will give you rest” -Matthew 11:28
As we come to realize, we are indeed weary and heavy laden people. The spiritual poverty is real. The desolation of the soul exists worldwide. Many methods have undertaken to ease the restlessness. The end result? More restlessness! You know because you tried it all. I know I did. I can have a successful career, house, wife, kids, friends, be well liked by all, even be honored in death yet never finding that rest in life. You want to know why? Neither you or I can give ourselves rest because we are not the source of rest. Only Jesus Christ.
For the unbeliever, they want nothing to do with God. They hate him and try to shut out those who try to share the Gospel with them. Or perhaps, they have questions about Him. Either way, Christ calls them to partake in His rest by coming to know Him. For the believer, they recognize that this journey is difficult. Many things plague their lives: persecution, hardships, temptations, complacency, and so forth. Moreover, they feel like God is not pleased with them. Even though Christ is acknowledged as Lord and Savior, He is viewed as someone with their arms crossed. Let me tell you something, His arms aren’t crossed, they are wide open for He bids all to come rest. May Christ reassure them in His rest that they are His children, His bride, His church, His elect and His remnant!
O what a comfort it is to all who are weary and heavy laden! This ain’t for those who think they are “just fine” on their own. Yet Christ calls them too for ultimately they are without true rest. As famously said by Augustine, ‘Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.’ Until that is recognized, the restlessness remains. For only Christ can bring rest for He is our rest! Won’t you rest in Him today?