Google+ 11/08/12 Come unto Me!

Matthew 11:28-30

 

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

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.

For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

 

I am often asked by people, who are around me all the time, how I accomplish all that I do everyday.  If I was to stop and look at a typical week for me, it would be staggering.  Every week I do four Sunday services, choir rehearsal, Praise Band rehearsal, teach 14 students, write a devotion every morning and prepare a sermon all week, do arrangements, have rehearsals for major music theater events, write songs, talk to my family (both biological and Family of God), counsel folks as needed, and actually manage to sleep 4-6 hours per night!  Like you, there are many things that come up each week that were not planned.  They must also be accomplished in a timely fashion.  So, the answer to the question of how I get it all done is Matthew 11:28-30.  Are you ready for the secret?  I have decided to not do anything outside of God's will to the best of my earthly ability.  This is a daunting task, but well worth the effort.  What does that mean?  If it doesn't glorify God, educate me or others about God, or help someone else learn about God's love and eternal life through Jesus Christ His son, I simply don't do it.  Be careful with this.  Discernment is key.  MANY people are "busy" all the time.  When you analyze what they do, they accomplish nothing for the Kingdom.  My Dad would say they were "busy being busy".  My Dad is a wise man.  He is also the person that said to me "Beware of people who play church".  These two pieces of advice stay with me daily.  Jesus is actually speaking these words in Matthew.  What He says to us is to leave our "worldly burdens" with Him and rest in Him.  Some, unfortunately, interpret this passage as "don't be so busy and rest".  That is not what Jesus is saying.  You may not want to hear this, but days off except the Sabbath are not spoken about in the Bible.  Look what comes in verse 29 right after Jesus says He will give us rest.  Jesus tells us to take up His yoke.  For those of you that are too young to remember yokes, you should know that this was a device that helped oxen share the burden of pulling wagons and plows.  When you put a yoke on two oxen, they literally must work together and each must pull its own weight.  If one does not pull its own weight, it is a drag on the other.  Conversely, when both pull their own weight, two can do the work of at least three and the burden becomes much easier.  The work is not less!  Jesus tells us if we take up His yoke and follow Him, our burden will be lighter.  He even goes as far as to say His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Once again, be careful.  This is not an indication that once we work for Jesus our life is a cakewalk.  It is an indication that if we want true peace and rest in our life, we must turn everything over to Jesus and work only for Him.  How do I get it all done?  The same way you should.  Work for Jesus full time in your life.  Turn worldly work into Spiritual work. Turn idle free time into Spiritual enrichment time and service opportunities for God.  Stop being "busy being busy".  Do everything you do for God in sincerity and don't ever "play church".  People can tell when you are not sincere, especially children.  If you use Jesus as your rock and fortress each day, He promises your burden will be lighter and He will give you rest.  As one of His servants, I testify to you this fact is true.  It is how I get it all done.  I listen to the Scripture and I always hear "Come unto Me" and each day He gives me the appropriate amount of work and the ability to get it all done by sharing His yoke with me and just the right amount of rest.

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