2016-01-28 - Come to Me
Matt 11:28-29 (AMP) “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.
Have you ever been over burdened physically, mentally, or emotionally? Most of us have at one time or another been stressed in one way or another. Jesus pointed out those who would do their best to honor the law in every respect. This was done to the point where they would tithe from their spice gardens - their mint and cumin. But there is a point where it becomes a thing one does to earn their good standing with God or with people.
We are clearly told that the very best we can offer are filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6-7, Phil 3:4-11) Paul counted all of his zeal and accomplishments worthless when they were compared to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. The Lord would much rather have our hearts, minds, hands and feet in His service than for us to pick at the nits and corners of our lives making sure that we've done all the tiny little things that more often effort to make ourselves look good than they are of value to the kingdom.
Jesus came to show us the heart of God toward us - to draw us in with His grace and mercy as opposed to a list of rules. It was a list of things He provides freely instead of a list of things we must do. He boiled the Ten Commandments, the Law, down to two statements. Simplified: Love God. Love others. Galatians 3:24 tells us that the law was a school master, or guardian to bring us to Christ. If we imitate the love that Jesus showed to the outcasts, poor and His friends during His time on Earth that will open doors in people's hearts and lives. (James 1:27)
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.