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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest – Matthew 11:28
My heart is always filled with gladness and joy to know that Jesus sees the cares we carry in our hearts. He knows the worries you have for your family and for the future. He understands the heaviness in your heart as you struggle with the sickness in your body. He says to you, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus wants to give you rest. And He says that the way you receive rest is to be yoked with Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matthew 11:29–30)
What does it mean to be yoked with Jesus? Imagine a pair of oxen yoked together. The younger ox sees what the lead ox does and follows. If the lead ox turns left, the younger ox turns left. If the lead ox stops, the younger ox stops. When the lead ox starts moving again, the younger ox follows. Likewise, Jesus wants us to follow His leading and flow with Him.
It is not hard to flow with Jesus because He will not lay anything heavy on you—“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Trust me if you are stressed up serving God he is not delighted with that (Matthew 11:30) When you are yoked with Him and you flow with Him, you will find that there is nothing heavy-hearted, ill-fitting or burdensome from the Lord. When you flow with the Lord, you will find that things fall into place. You will not be weighed down, anxious or distressed.
You might say, “Pastor, God has given me this heavy burden. It is weighing heavily on my heart!”
My friend, if the burden is heavy, it is not from God because Jesus said that His burden is light. The devil has probably given you the burden to crush you! He knows how to use the law of God to bring you into stress and struggle.
Jesus did say that His burden is light and His yoke easy. So a life yoked with Him is anxiety- and worry-free. His grace brings you to cease from your labour and enter his rest. Jesus gives you rest when you see him as the solution.
Beloved, follow His leading and flow with Him, and you will find rest for your soul!