Lately I’ve been doing some thinking about busyness, pace, lifestyle, rush, hurry, etc…

Today, I was deeply considering the words of Jesus:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Take my yoke upon you” is a call to not only follow Jesus, but to be connected to him… to be his disciple. To yoke oneself with Jesus is to join him in his rhythm of life.

The yoke was a common reference to a wooden frame that fit over the shoulders of animals to harness them to one another so they would work together, rely on one another, share the burden and walk side-by-side.

The promise of “rest for my soul” is an exciting one and one that I’m trying to experience.

As I read and re-read this text, I made a list of what I see:

1. Jesus knows me (busy… tired… worn out)
2. Jesus invites me (“come to me”)
3. Jesus promises me (“I will give you rest… rest for your soul”)
4. Jesus offers me (“take my yoke upon you”)
5. Jesus instructs me (“let me teach you”)
6. Jesus comforts me (“I am gentle and humble in heart”)
7. Jesus assures me (“My yoke is easy and my burden is light”)

Question: What do you think “rest for your soul” looks like in the 21st century? I’d like to learn from you. Share it here.

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