We live in a day and age that bombards us with so many invitations to "come!--"come try this product" or "come join this program" or "come follow this person"--all of which promise results. And though results may come in some aspect, none of these invitations can provide the soul with rest, emotionally and spiritually.
It is true that every one of our laborious attempts at getting ahead in this world are often at our souls expense. Yet in spite of how exhausting and empty our attempts may be at filling the hole in our soul, Jesus still invites us to come to Him. Personally. Intimately. Graciously.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28), and this invitation should blow our minds because the King of the World didn’t invite the mighty and majestic or the powerful and prominent. No! He gladly invited the tired and weighed down to find rest in Him by “taking His yoke” upon us.
Masterfully, as Jesus was a carpenter Himself, we can trust that He custom-fits our yokes to rest perfectly upon our shoulders. And because His yoke rests perfectly upon our lives, we can find perfect rest from being connected, by the yoke, to His life.
So while the world works us over and leaves us empty, and sin weighs us down and leaves us heavy, Jesus still waits for us to come to Him so He can provide our souls with true tranquility. It's a rest and peace that the world cannot produce.
Yet God’s desire is to give it to those who come to Him for it. His yoke is a good fit and when we walk with Him in the journey of life, others around us will notice that our graceful going is in proportion to His grace that’s flowing.
Therefore, can you hear Jesus’ invitation now? It’s the one that tells you to come to Him and Him alone for your peace and purpose. It’s not religion, but relationship. It’s not a heavy responsibility, but a response of humility to His love for you. You can trust Him, for He said of Himself, “I am gentle and lowly in heart” (v29).”