LEARNING TO ABIDE (REST) IN CHRIST (MATTHEW 11:28-30)
Sermon shared by Herman Abrahams
Summary: 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 friends, family, ministry, job & ourselves. It is easy to become frustrated and exhausted. How can we learn to experience the res
Series: Emotional Health
Audience: General adults
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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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I first prepared this sermon in December 1995 and gleaned some thoughts from an article in GOSPEL HERALD & SUNDAY SCHOOL TIMES – not sure of the date of the publication.
LEARNING TO ABIDE IN CHRIST (MATTHEW 11:28-30)
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden (NIV - weary and burdened), and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28 KJV)
There is a church building where this verse can be read on the front wall of its sanctuary. To those who enter that building on Sundays, the words of the verse are a comforting reminder on the believer’s day of rest. Reading these words, one is reminded of the presence of Christ as He invites us to leave our cares at His feet and rest in Him.
In the quiet of the Sunday morning sanctuary, one finds it easy to let go of daily burdens for a while. The hard part is Monday morning, when all the cares of the workaday world crowd in again and we pick up our burdens once more.
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 friends, family, ministry, job and ourselves.
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 whole person, including 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."
He encouraged 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."
St. Augustine, a bishop in the early church said,
"Our hearts are restless o’ Lord, until we find our rest in thee."
1. "MY YOKE IS EASY" (Matt 11:30) _______________________________________________________
In order to fully understand this concept of rest, we need to also examine 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"
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