Sweet rest my friend. Someone said that to me today. Sweet rest. Tired. I am tired. Worn plumb out. I was reminded of this verse as I awoke from a short nap this evening. Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I will show you how to take a real rest. That is what I need right now. A real rest.
Who's with me?
Matthew 11: 28-30
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
My husband had been talking about a sermon he listened to today that was a discussing the difference between grace and truth. This verse from Matthew applies there too. Grace is a covering for our errors, our sins, that can also be taken to an extreme, becoming a crutch from taking on a real walk with Jesus. Not walking and working and living the way that Jesus intended us to, but continuing to live in and for the world. Taking grace as a given instead of as the gift that it truly is. Truth can be taken to the extreme too, to the point that 'religion' is nothing more than a set of rules and standards that no one can live up too. Truth is not a set of rules; it is a way of living and a relationship with Jesus.
Jesus offers us freedom and rest from burdens like this. Walk with Him. Work with Him. Watch how He does life. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Unforced rhythms of grace. What a beautiful statement. Jesus is not hard to walk with. Jesus is not ill-fitting. Jesus is not a burden. Keep company with Him and learn to live free. Keep company with Him and life will be light. Keep company with Him and live.