On my quest for slowing down and going deeper, I settled on a verse these past few weeks to “abide in.” For me that simply means to have it as a place I camp and settle in. When my thoughts or activities start to swirl in an upheaval, I pull away and meditate on this verse.
Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
My friend Bonita wrote – I love the word “easy” v30 The word denotes that which useful, pleasant, good, comfortable, suitable, and serviceable. The religious system is a severe burden, but service to Jesus does not create chafe, because it is well fitting and BUILT on personal relationship with God by the I dwelling Spirit. My words lately from God are; easy, release, redeemed, freedom!
I also read a blog entry by Bill Gaultiere https://www.createspace.com/3486308
“Come to me… My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus’ rhythms of grace are available to you in the midst of the challenges you face each day. As Jesus’ apprentice you can overcome problems like worry, hidden hurts, self-criticism, hurried living, and eggshell walking. Learn how you can grow to the point that you naturally and routinely walk in the character and power of Christ, enjoying his peace (even in bad circumstances) and shining his light (even to difficult people)… Are you free – really free? Are you at peace being the person God created you to be and enjoying your life with him? Many people we talk to are wearing a heavy yoke. They’re working all the time. Or they’re worried about money or their health or their kids. Or they’re tired of trying to please an impossible to please spouse. Or they’re depending on alcohol to relax.
How Did Jesus Stay Relaxed Under Pressure?
Jesus shows us a life of freedom. No one has had more pressure than Jesus. No one has had more responsibility, expectations, temptations, stress, or pain than Jesus. And no one lived life more relaxed than Jesus.
What was Jesus’ secret to peace? He lived in submission to the Father in all that he did. He saw the unseen kingdom of God and lived in terms of it, not the stresses of the visible world.
Jesus turned to the people with tenderness. “I say and do only what the Father tells me. I am united with the Father and the Father is united with me. All that I do comes out of my intimacy with the Father and it is this intimacy that I am inviting you to participate in. Listen. Let me show you how it works…
“Are you tired from carrying a heavy burden? Are you worn out from pulling a heavy load all by yourself?
“Come to me. Look – right now – my arms are open wide to you. See my smile. My heart is for you, to give you my rest, my peace, my life.
“Come to me. Don’t try so hard to make that situation work out like you want. Slow down and take a deep breath. Open your heart to me – submit to me as I submit to the Father and you’ll enjoy his love with me, you’ll experience my rest of soul.
“Come to me. I want to help you to carry your burdens. Don’t pull that heavy load in your own strength – enter into the harness with me. Let me show you how to pull the plow across the field and get the work done in a good and relaxed way. Walk with me and work with me. Look straight ahead and keep in cadence with me. We’ll step together easily and lightly. We’ll smile in the Father’s love as we bless people in need.” (Matthew 11:25-30, Bill’s paraphrase).