Rest and Relaxation

When I was young, growing up, every now and then I would stay over my grandparents’ house. Every time as soon as my brother and myself got inside my grandparents’ house, my grandmother would immediately say, like clock work, “Put your pjs on. Time for R & R. Rest and relaxation.” My grandmother knew that whenever we were at our house my dad would have us working around the house doing chores and that when we got to her house we were in need of rest.

I believe we do the same thing in life. We work all the time that we don’t get any rest. And we believe that the more we work that later in life we will be able to rest, but we all know that isn’t true. We end up finding more and more work instead of finding rest. We wind up feeling like 24 hours in a day is not enough to get what we need to get done and there is no time to rest. Everywhere we turn, we find more work. So what do we do? How do we find rest?

Matthew records the words of Jesus saying this:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV)

The only place that you can find rest is in the arms of Jesus. Everywhere else you will find work, but in Jesus you will find true rest. Just like I had to go to my grandparents’ house in order to find rest, you must come to Jesus in order to find rest.

For those of you who are tired and burdened, come to Jesus. He alone will be able to give you rest. His offer still stands.

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