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.
Stop and really think about what Jesus is saying here: “Come to Me. If you’re messed up, worn out, spun around or without hope, don’t give up–come to Me.” What a marvelous invitation. You don’t need to try harder, clean up your act, or measure up. Jesus is gentle and lowly in heart. He is not mad at you, ready to give you a lecture, or ready to put you in a cast off pile. Come you hungry and tired souls to the lover of your soul.
Some people get that confused and they come to church, but never come to Jesus. Or maybe they join a group, or watch a DVD but give up before they really meet Jesus. Some start following a list of rules trying to get to Jesus. But no, just get to Jesus. Pretend that you are sitting knee to knee with Jesus and let Him speak these words into your soul. “I am what you are looking for.”
Check out some of the things Jesus said about what we will find when we finally get to Him:
- “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
- “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38
- “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
- “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
To take His yoke doesn’t mean that you just drop your burdens and troubles and walk away empty handed. It means that you invite Jesus to come alongside of you, like a pair of oxen that has a wooden arch connecting them. He walks with us in the middle of our yuck and patiently coaches us as we go through the ups and downs of life. Come to Jesus today.