Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
This is such a precious promise that we often misinterpret. We often quote this when we are going through hard times and feel that we really need God. The problem is that we have always needed Him, and the reason the burden in our lives has gotten so great is that we are forgetting to rest in Him DAILY.
I returned this past Saturday from the Mississippi State Conference of Free Will Baptists. Rob Morgan was there sharing about how we can master life before it's too late. It was as if God had given Morgan a letter to deliver to me. I needed every bit of it. Many days, I feel like I do so much and accomplish little at all. It's discouraging. I felt like I was failing as a Pastor. God why am I busy doing things that I think should be done, but I'm not getting very far with any of it?
Rob shared several points from the Scriptures, but this one stood out to me. Come and rest. Jesus calls me to come and rest daily. I wasn't doing that. I read my Bible like I should. I prayed like I should. But I didn't stop thinking about everything else. I wanted to accomplish so much, but I never did. Because I wasn't resting. Missionary David Livingstone once asked Charles Spurgeon, "How do you manage to do two men's work in a single day?" Spurgeon replied, "You have forgotten that there are two of us." I believe Spurgeon truly understood this passage. During the conference, Morgan pointed out that this yoke, that is so easy to carry, is a double yoke. You see, we are yoked together with Christ. So every step we take in service to our King is easy because He is pulling all the weight. We are just following along beside Him.
This is one of the marvelous truths of the Gospel. It never has been and never will be about work! We are simply called to follow Christ. It's so much easier than we make it out to be. Is life easy? No. But following Christ is easy. We read the Bible to see how He walked, where He went, what He did, and we follow and do those things. Following Christ and serving Him is only hard when we try to do the work. If we let God lead and let Him do the work, then life will be so much easier to live.
Resting in Christ isn't a specific nap time during our day. It's a way of living. We live each day walking beside the one who has done all the work. So have you tried to pull the weight on your own? Have you tried to follow Christ alone? Take time to remember that He's on the yoke with you pulling all the weight.