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Summary: Though church pastors often wear out under the burdens they carry, it happens to all Christians from time to time. What should they do?

Do You Need Some Rest?

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 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. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

The health, wealth and prosperity doctrine

claims good things come to those

who place their faith in Jesus.

It certainly didn’t apply to the early Christian

we read about in the New Testament.

In reality, Christians do grow tired and worn down.

Sometimes the Devil seems to have the upper hand.

Even the most faithful Christians become weary and tired.

Everyone eventually needs a place of rest.

Jesus knew that would happen to us.

That’s why He spoke these words in Matthew 11:28-30.

Point #1. There will be heavy burdens for Christians.

Matthew 11:28

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,

God did not promise an easy way of life.

We would not have days of great labor and heavy burdens.

So what does Jesus mean when He says those who labor?

He is speaking of those who work.

Life is hard and it takes a lot of work to get from day-to-day.

Many Christians who still work for a living

experience very busy and stressful days.

Sometimes, the days are long with too much to do.

So Jesus speaks of work that makes us physically tired.

It’s the kind that makes us emotionally tired.

Jesus also speaks of the burdens we carry.

When He says “heavy laden”

Jesus means to be “weighted down by burdens we bear.”

As Christians, we bear many burdens.

Point #2. Jesus promises His rest.

Matthew 11:28

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Notice that Jesus said, “I will GIVE you rest.”

What does that mean?

There is a rest for the Christian

unsaved people cannot know until they come to Jesus.

This rest is promised and given to the Christian.

However, there is a qualifier for this promise.

Jesus went on to say in Verse 29

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,

First, Jesus says we must Take my yoke upon you.”

Then Jesus says, “Learn from me.”

Jesus gives rest to those

who take His yoke upon themselves.

The reason for that is so we might learn of Him.

There are many who only carry their own loads.

They have made their own yokes to carry their loads.

It’s no wonder they eventually stumble and fall.

As Christians we not to labor strictly for ourselves.

Our labor is in vain when it is done just for us.

Our labor is not in vain when our labor is for Jesus.

Yes, serving the Lord will bring burdens for us to carry.

The work we strive to do for Jesus

will often cause us to get tired and weary.

Point #3. Rest can be found in Jesus

Matthew 11:29

29 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.

It’s possible to get rest for our bodies by taking it easy.

Relaxing in a chair or lying down can bring physical rest.

What about our souls?

Jesus indicates that our souls can also grow tired and weary.

Will relaxing in a chair or lying down rest our souls?

Apparently not.

A good night’s sleep can be a great comfort to the body,

but we are more than just physical.

We are body, soul, and spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 says

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is our souls God promises to give rest to in Matthew 11:29.

We find rest by taking upon ourselves

His yoke and His burden.

Point #4. His burden is light.

Matthew 11:30

30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Some people think being a Christian is a hard life.

It can be if we choose to make it that way.

The reason so many Christians burn out and quit

is because they carry their own burdens

without carrying His.

Our burdens are heavy, but His burdens are light.

Our yoke is hard, but His yoke is easy.

When given the choice between our yoke and His yoke,

His yoke is the best choice.

When given the choice between our burden and His burden,

His burden is the best choice.

Closing:

Yes, Christians really can find rest in Jesus.

He promises to “give” it to us.

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