~ Come to me, all 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 of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28–30 ~
Jesus calls his disciples into a life of connected living that gives ease and subsequent strength. Each of us has work to do for the kingdom but how will our story play out – wearied soldier or rested victor.
Rest is both a noun and a verb here. It implies a description and a way to live. Strength is always required to complete the task but which is more effective, His or ours? I won’t state the obvious but in order for us to keep from becoming weary in well doing we must continue to make our request known to God (Pray), be washed by His word (Read), and spend time bearing the load of life with others (Share).
If this is the “burden” of God than load me up! He will work in us; we need to be with him. The Pharisee’s made it heavy but Jesus makes it light. We can find Jesus trustworthy in his statements because he carried the weightiest load on the cross and now we simply come to him.