Mt. 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all you 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.”
I love reading these verses about the true rest that Jesus gives. We do not have to work for grace, He gives it freely. We do not have to work harder to earn our salvation. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then His salvation is ours.
Submitting to Him doesn’t shackle and burden us, or add more weight. It takes the weight away. Allowing Him to pour His love and peace upon us will give us true rest. We are invited to come to him, learn from Him, and find rest for our souls. He is gentle and lowly in heart, as He proved when He walked on this earth.
Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Running faster or working harder will not increase our strength or our salvation. Our strength comes from the Lord. The harder we work in our own flesh, the more likely we will fall. God says to “wait” on Him. We must slow down, be still, and wait. When we do, He will renew our strength, in His power, and we will no longer be weary.
Jesus also taught us in John 15:4 to abide in Him. Abide means to wait, to stay, be still, endure, and bear patiently. He said that, “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” He calls Himself the vine and us the branches. With only the minimal knowledge of vines, we can certainly understand that if the branch is not attached to a vine, it cannot grow fruit. In fact, it will wither and die.
What better news could we receive today? Our job is to come to Jesus, be still, endure with Him, wait on Him, and learn from Him. This will allow Him to give us rest, renew our strength, and cause us to not grow faint. Abiding in Him will also allow Him to cause fruit to bear forth in our lives. We don’t have to work harder for the fruit to come, but we must remain attached to the Vine. He is the source of life. Remain attached to Him and enjoy your rest.