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. Matthew 11:29
Jesus started talking to the disciples about finding some rest. He tells them that the way to do it is take up His yoke and learn from Him. In that way they would find the rest that they are seeking.
Wanting rest is something most people are searching for. They want to be able to slow down and get some rest, while ensuring everything gets done that needs to be done. Yet, in the process of seeking rest, very few are finding it.
People like to relax and rest in various ways. Many take up some type of hobby to find their rest, others will just sleep. Others will take some type of drug to help them calm down and rest. In all of these ways, most are not finding what they really desire for rest.
Jesus had a yoke for the disciples to take up and carry. This meant that they would not have to carry it alone. He would be right along side of them carrying the weight of it with them. The yoke that Jesus wanted them to carry was to follow and trust Him for salvation and be a witness to this world. His purpose in life was to save all people from their sins.
Prior to Jesus, people had to follow the law perfectly and hope that they were going to be saved. Many today are seeking various religions and hoping that they will live a better afterlife. As they strive to follow the OT law and other religions, they are restless. They cannot find the peace and rest they are searching for, because it is not in Jesus.
There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus. You have to trust Him fully for your salvation. Then you must do what He came to do, seek the lost out for God. Jesus found strength and rest in doing what the Father wanted Him to do. You can find the same strength and rest also in doing the Father’s will.
Being a witness is not hard work. Following Jesus is not hard work. And both will bring the needed rest for your soul. You will not be fighting for salvation, but resting in it.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will do the work God has for you to do; that you will have peace and rest in your soul; and that you will be a witness to this world for Jesus.