“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
Jesus invitation in Matt. 11 rings loud today as it did on the first day it was spoken. It is an invitation to come away from a life of endless pursuits and burden bearing to a life of rest – of focus on the things that matter more on an eternal scale. It is an invitation to experience catharsis and learn a new way to approach life.
The tragedy of human pursuits is that it never ends. There is always a new target, a new fad, a new goal; a new trend or pattern to replicate. Many have lost themselves in these pursuits, drained of mental, spiritual and emotional energy to carry on as they compete endlessly to “be among”. More often than we are willing to admit, we all get caught in that web.
To everyone who is tired and looking for a renewal, Jesus says “Come to Me”. He is the giver of eternal life and rest for the human soul. Jesus offers us a new choice, a new way of doing things that takes our focus away from competing with others, and places it on fulfilling the divine intent for our lives. He teaches us values that free us from the pressures of our pursuits.
This was one of the core reasons for which Jesus came: setting at liberty the oppressed. If you feel oppressed in any way, it is up to you to embrace liberty by choosing to respond to His call and follow His ways. He doesn’t just give water for your thirst; He gives a well that keeps springing up within you! So, again Jesus says to you, “Come to Me.”
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
John 5:39-40 NIV