Posted by: missionventureministries | July 4, 2011

LEARNING TO ABIDE IN CHRIST – Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

This verse tells us that Christ invites us to leave our cares at His feet and rest in Him.

In today’s world, many of us face many pressures on a day to day basis. We are often expected to find a satisfactory balance in making time for ministry, family, friends, job and ourselves. And it is easy to become frustrated and exhausted. How can we learn to experience the rest to which Christ lovingly invites us?

God’s intention is for us to experience rest for the body, soul and spirit. This can come only from completely trusting Him and truly surrendering to Him all our burdens. We must choose to lay our burdens at His feet and leave them there.

The Psalmist was persuaded of God’s ability to satisfy the need of his soul when he said: “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.” – Psalms 62:1-2

He continues encouraged by his own soul: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.” – Psalms 62:5-6

In order to fully understand this concept of rest, we need to also study Matthew 11:29-30, which says: “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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

It is Jesus’ invitation to take His yoke upon our shoulders. He uses an example from farming, so familiar to his disciples, to illustrate His teaching. The ox-yokes were made of wood; the ox was brought, and the  measurements were taken. The yoke was then roughed out, and the ox was brought back to have the yoke tried on. The yoke was then carefully adjusted, so that it would fit well.

The yoke was a wooden frame used to harness together a pair of oxen at their necks so that they could pull a plough or some other load. It was a balancing device. Sometimes a younger ox needed to be taught to work and thus was paired with an animal of more experience. This beautifully illustrates our relationship with Christ. As we walk by his side, sharing the yoke and burden, the load does not disappear but is made lighter.

In fellowship with Jesus, we learn that His yoke is not harsh and oppressive, but reasonable. Jesus gentle company brings us peace and comfort and He enables us to keep going. That’s why the Apostle Paul could say: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

How can we learn to experience Christ’s presence in a way that brings peace and comfort? How can we truly share our burdens with Him? Our part is to maintain a moment-by-moment relationship of fellowship with Him. This will require a determined, conscious effort on our part as we seek “to work out our salvation with fear and trembling” – Philippians 2:12. After we accept Jesus into our hearts and lives, as we are invited to come to Him and find rest (Matthew 11:28), the next step is to accept His yoke of obedience and let Him help us (vs 29). As we learn from Jesus, we are taught to abide in Him.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” – John 15:4

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