Warning Signs | Don't Fail to Enter Christ's Rest, Day 2
Jesus provides rest for our souls.
Verse of the Day
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, Hebrews 4:9
When was the last time that you remember being mentally, spiritually, relationally, or emotionally exhausted? How about all of the above? What caused these circumstances?
How do you treat each form of exhaustion differently?
Physical exhaustion is quite different from spiritual, emotional, mental, or relational exhaustion.
While getting a good night’s sleep can help your physical exhaustion, other types of exhaustion can only be treated with rest, which is not the same thing as sleep.
While it is possible to have restless sleep, it’s also possible to have a restless soul.
You become overwhelmed when you overdraw from life’s resources.
Jesus says to people who are overwhelmed and overdrawn, “Come to me.”
What words would you use to describe your feelings of exhaustion?
When you are fatigued, where do you look to find rest?
Where do most non-believers look for rest for their souls? Why do they run to these places?
Exhaustion can drive us to seek unhealthy solutions and overcomplicate the remedy.
Christ doesn’t complicate exhaustion, He simplifies it by calling on us to come to Him for rest.
Read Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
1. Look to Jesus
Jesus did not call on us to go to church, religion, a pastor or even a friend. He told us to go to Him because He is the only one who can provide rest for our souls. We will not find spiritual rest in anything or anyone else.
2. Live for Jesus.
Christ sets the example for us all throughout scripture, and gives us an example of how to live for Him in referencing His yoke.
A yoke would have been custom-made and perfectly suited for the ox that is pulling the load. Taking Jesus’ yoke upon yourself allows you to go where He is leading.
Taking on His yoke will help us have a clear conscience and a soul at rest because He will only take us places that are good for us.
3. Learn from Jesus.
The invitation to come to Christ is essentially an invitation to become His disciple.
Disciple: Learner; a follower or a student
We need to learn about Christ in order to also learn from Him, but we cannot learn from Him if we don’t learn about who He is and how He lived.
Once we’ve learned something about Jesus, we learn from Him by applying what we’ve learned to ourselves and our lives.
As we learn more from Him, the way He speaks to us will become more relaxing and rejuvenating.
Following Him allows us to remain on the path of true rest.
What burdens do you have that you have been unwilling to release?
What do you need to lay on the yoke of Jesus?
Read Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
How do we bear each other’s burdens?
Think about the burdens in your life that Jesus has removed and taken upon Himself. With whom could you share the work that God has done to give you rest and remove your burdens?
Praise Jesus for being the only One able to grant access to the resources of the Father. Thank Him for freely giving His resources to all who have faith in His name. Pray that in your fatigue and trouble, you would lay your burdens down at Jesus’ feet. Pray that you would trade your burdens for His yoke, which is perfectly suited to carry your load.