Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."
The story is told of expedition into the jungle in which locals were hired to carry most of the gear. The first couple of days they made fantastic time, but the next day everything was very slow. When the leader of the expedition asked the locals about the matter, they said, "we are waiting for our souls to catch up with our bodies".
Often times we pursue our journey in life with it's cares, burdens and sorrows, carrying all the gear we can carry, yet running as it were, on empty. We end up weary, troubled, anxious, angry, depressed and fearful etc...Then we try to fix our stressed out souls, by running even harder, getting more stuff, drinking more, drugs, immorality or immersing ourselves in whatever the new philosophy is that's being panhandled to the public.
Jesus gives us an invitation. He addresses it to the "weary and heavy-laden". He knows exactly the way that it is. Let us not fear coming to Him, for He is a gentle and humble teacher. If we take His yoke upon us, that is, submit to His discipline and His instruction, we will find awaiting us not only what we need to deal with the problems of life, but to deal with them victoriously. We shall find rest for our souls.
Most of us are familiar with the proverb: 'Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime'. It takes more time to teach him to fish, but in the end it's a much better deal for him. But in a way, many of us are like the guy who says, "just give me a fish"! Instead of taking the time to come to Jesus and learn of Him and from Him, we spend our lives looking for the quick fixes. In these 'quick fixes' we end up frustrated, never satisfied and always looking but never finding the restful peace that Jesus promise to those who come to Him. Jesus invites you to come!
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