Mt. 11:28-30 is the invitation Jesus gives to us to come and find “rest” in His gentle and lowly presence. There is no other place to find “rest”; the kind that our weary souls desperately need. In the western world, we spend billions of dollars on vacations hoping to ‘get away’ from the busyness of life and the circumstances that crush our spirits and weary our bodies. This is a sad mistake. We bypass a PERSON who is “REST” BECAUSE HE IS “GENTLE AND LOWLY”.
This concept is totally antithetical to the way our world thinks and the way most Christians think. Christians are off to one conference after another hoping to fill a deep need or resolve a persistent problem, only to experience an artificial ‘high’ and then plummet down to a lower level of disappointment than before. So they chase another conference or training or book.
God has never changed His method of resolving the deep needs of the human heart. It is His Son. Though Jesus was and always will be the Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords, He attracts us with the beauty of His character. His invitation is, “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.”
As Andrew Murray points out, Jesus offers Himself as a “Teacher” in these verses; one from whom we learn the kind of character in Himself that produces “rest”. If we come to Jesus, He will teach us through His character to be “gentle or mild” and “lowly, humble and unpretentious”, and through that, we will find rest. More and more intimacy with Jesus means that we will learn how to develop His character in us. Lowliness and humility will be lesson #1.
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