Come to Me

September 1st, 2008

One of my favourite passages of Scripture comes from Matthew 11:28-30. It says, “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.”

At the heart of these few simple verses is an invitation. An invitation to come to Jesus and an invitation to live differently. Here are three things I love about this passage.

1. Jesus invites us to Himself – Jesus says, “Come to Me”. He invites everyone to come and get to know Him and spend time with Him. It is a personal invitation, but it is also to everyone. We see this in the “all who are weary”. In the preceding verse Jesus talks about the Father and the Son knowing each other intimately. Jesus is inviting us to that same kind of intimacy. The type He has with His heavenly Father.

2. Jesus Invites us to take on His yoke – In old style farming a yoke was used to join two animals together. Usually an older more experienced animal with a younger one. Together they partnered in the work. Side by side they would work, until the work was done. In this passage Jesus invites us to partner in the work He is already doing in the world. It is easy to get caught up in doing all kinds of “good” things, but Jesus invites us to be involved in His work. To put our hand to His plough. To put on His yoke.

3. Jesus invites us to learn from Him – Jesus wants to teach us a different way to live. He wants to show us the Father’s plan and how we can live it out. Jesus wants us to follow Him just He asked the first disciples to follow Him. He promises that He will be gentle and teach us from a humble heart. I don’t know about you, but that is my kind of teacher.

And what is th great promise from this invitation? Rest. Jesus promises us that we WILL find rest for our weary souls. Rest from trying to work it all out ourselves. Rest from all the striving and stress that this world throws at us. Jesus wants to give us the rest and peace that only comes from knowing Him.

If you would like to find this rest and peace that comes from knowing Jesus, please visit my “Peace with God” page here