Pastor's Pen: 'Come to me, all who are weary and burdened'
We find that invitation from our Lord Jesus in Matthew 11:28 NLT: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." I like this version because it is simply spoken and so sincere!
Jesus is telling us that there is no need to take on life's circumstances by ourselves, He can give us peace even in these questionable times that we are surrounded by. He is not demanding, but is offering us peace and serenity.
Life seems to give us many situations that lead us into areas of doubt, fear, confusion, or feelings of failure. Then to remember the invitation, 'Come To Me' Jesus, His power then released within us by our submission. Explaining this is near impossible.
Then there is an overwhelming presents that takes us beyond those burdens that are humanly unbearable.
There can be the loss of a loved one, a dysfunctional family, an offense that we do not understand, or the ways of the world right now. People are being led down paths that can confuse us. We try our best not to pass judgement, to offer forgiveness, or to ask for forgiveness.
It is saddening to watch as so many people are struggling, even dying because of poor choices made. Jesus came to give us hope, a light in a darkening world, then He was rejected by so many, paying with His life by those who He came to save, by death on that cross.
With His time here on earth, He healed, taught, shared a love for the unlovable, then opened up a sometimes unbelievable relationship with God. We can take any of life's challenges, directly to God, in the name of Jesus.
Remember the invitation 'Come To Me', then resting in peace, watching as miracles are released all around us in His Name.
As it was with the early church and the disciples, they faced imprisonment and persecution, sometimes leading to death. They all had one thing in common, they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they received boldness never experienced before. They all faced challenges, they were being called to step out confessing their beliefs in the 'Risen Jesus' their lives and the world was being turned upside down as it seems to be today!
'Come To Me,' Jesus promises us rest. Let's join together with our prayers. Let us rest as we watch the miraculous work of God unfold before our eyes!
As we pray for the lifting up of all of humanity, our leaders, our president, law enforcement, any of those that are willingly putting their lives between us and all dangers.
God's peace, love, and guidance!