The weary find rest

Read: Matthew 11:28-30

The Christian music group “Mercy Me” is probably best known for the most popular Christian song ever recorded. “I can only Imagine” topped Christian charts for weeks and weeks and even made it’s way up the secular charts some years ago when it was released.

It is a great song, and it introduced me to this wonderful group and the many songs they have released since; But one song that they recorded before people even knew about them may be one of their most powerful. “In You” speaks to what Jesus is saying in Matthew 11:28-30. In Jesus there is hope for the weary, the blind, the hungry, and the defeated. Here is a link to one of the YouTube video’s of this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-86VTOuZWQ

One of the personal comments below that song on YouTube says,

“My life has been filled with more pain and disappointments than words can express! You Jesus refuse to give up on me and continue to soften and heal all the broken areas in my heart. You sing songs of love reminding me of how you feel! I find myself falling in love with you and having hope restored!”

Maybe you can relate? Or maybe you just need a fresh reminder this week of what Jesus said in verse 28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

We can continue to rely on ourselves and be burdened and weary, or we can release it to Jesus. Whatever it is, I hope that you will release it to Christ this week. often in life we are faced with that decision of self-reliance or reliance on God.

In his book “Believe and Belong” Bruce Larson shares a story of when he counseled people in New York City. He said that he would often walk them down to the RCA building on Fifth Avenue and show them the large statue of Atlantis carrying the world on his shoulders.

He then would walk them across the street to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take them behind the alter where there was a small statue of Jesus as a young boy holding the world in his outstretched hand.

The point was obvious, you can decide to carry the world on your own shoulders or you can give your life to Christ who will carry it for you. Jesus promises us that we will find rest in him, no matter what we are facing in life.

Make it personal: Stop what you are doing right now and take a minute or two to pray. Name what you need to release to Jesus right now and ask him to give you the rest that you need. He promises “you will find rest for your souls.”

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church