Happy Monday #teamawakening family!
Last night’s message was a titled, “How Do You Rest?”
School is coming to a close and summer is here as well as vacations, road trips, summer jobs, time to refresh and reboot, etc.
Have you ever gone through a summer and wondered where the summer went because life was so jam-packed full of things to do?
Last night we talked about rest. Rest is necessary to function properly.
Rest is actually a biblical principle and took a look at a couple examples from the Bible. Genesis 2:3NIV says, Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Rest means: interruption, cease, sit still to allow yourself to regroup and regain your energy and focus. Genesis 2:3 tells us that God rested. Why? He didn’t need rest because he was tired or weary. God was pleased. God was appreciating and celebrating his work in Creation.
The Sabbath was put in place for us to do the same. The word “sabbath” means: rest; remember; celebrate. Think of it as intermission and half-time in sports. It’s a way to rest up, refresh, regroup, and get ready for what’s next.
We all take breaks, naps, and sleep. But do we truly rest? Inactivity is not rest! Rest is truly unplugging from your stress and struggles and recharging in Christ. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the type of rest that Jesus offers.
Matthew 11:28-30 says “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.
Jesus invites all who are struggling and tired from the load of life they are carrying to come to him for rest (rest, remember, celebrate, refresh).
Jesus tells us to “take his yoke”. A yoke was something that was placed over two animals to help them pull the plow. A yoke coupled two things together. Jesus doesn’t expect us to carry our load alone. He walks right beside us helping us pull our yoke, or load, as we go through life! As we go through life with Jesus he invites us to learn from him. We are able to learn how to live and overcome from the Master Teacher and Creator of the Universe himself!
Jesus says to take his yoke and learn from him because his yoke is easy and his burden light. The word “easy” in the original Greek language means suitable, useful, or well-fitted. The life that Jesus calls us to is fitted and suitable specifically to us.
Many times we feel like we are carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We used this illustration last night: We had two of our male students come up to the front, and one them jumped on the back of the other. At first, the weight of the person on the back of the other wasn’t that heavy, but imagine carrying that weight around all day long. Imagine having that person’s weight on top of you as you tried to sleep. It wouldn’t take long for that weight to overcome you and wear you down.
What are you carrying? What is keeping you from resting? Are you yoked to the world instead of Jesus?
Choose to take the path that Jesus invites us to and find true rest in him.