Jesus’ Invitation to All
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Do you ever feel like life is too heavy? When we are tired, overworked, or overwhelmed, our souls become weary. Jesus calls us to come to Him for rest.
He says, “Come to me.” He isa available. We don’t have to wait, hoping to be chosen. The King has freely given us the invitation to approach Him. Perhaps the best news is we don’t need to “fix” ourselves before approaching Him. He doesn’t say, “Let the proud and perfect come.” Instead, He has called us in our broken state, bent under heavy burdens, longing for relief.
Does life suddenly get easy when we come to Jesus? No. In fact, He told the disciples of many difficult things His followers would endure. Jesus was talking to His disciples. The religious rulers of that day placed regulation upon regulation on the backs of the faithful (Lu. 11:46). Jesus drew a clear comparison between that and what He offers. “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” (Matthew 11: 29-30). A yoke is a heavy wooden piece laid over the necks of a pair of oxen to make them plow more efficiently. The oxen share the burden, and a yoke’s design affects how hard it is on the animals.
We cannot bear the weight of our own sins. Nor can we bear the heaviness of this broken world. Jesus, Lord over all, the One who defeated death, hell, and the grave, humbly offers rest for our souls. With Jesus, we don’t carry the load alone.
– Kay Helm