Matthew 11:28-30 - The Gospel Call
"Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
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."
Mat 11:28-30 (NIV)
So often we feel that God isn't present in our lives. But it's
not because he doesn't want to be there. Maybe it's because we
haven't made a place for him inside of us. We are so filled up with our
addictions and compulsive activity that we leave no room for God. Reading
the Bible, praying and serving Him help us start creating a place
for God. [Recovery Devotional Bible 92 mod]
Getting There; Our Lord's words are not, "Do this," or, "Don't
do that," but "Come to me." If I will simply come to Jesus, my real
life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will
actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in
my life. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. [My Utmost
For His Highest]
There is a very common excuse, that it is a very hard thing to
be a Christian...... Is it true that the Lord is a hard master,
and the devil an easy one?... Go and ask that child of God, who has
been serving Christ twenty or thirty years, whether He is a hard
master. He will tell you that His yoke is easy and His burden light....
And all the men who are serving the devil faithfully will say
that they find the way hard....
Don't go off with that delusion that it is a hard thing to serve
God. I will tell you where you have made a mistake. You have tried
to serve God in the flesh, before you have been born of the Spirit,
and you have failed... It is not only a hard thing, but it is
impossible for any one to serve God in the flesh... But when the Lord
Jesus comes into the heart, and we have been born of the Spirit, and
have passed from death into life and become heirs of eternal life...
I testify to it that the yoke is easy and the burden is light.
[D. L. Moody; The Gospel Awakening; Spirit Filled Life Daily
Human nature is ever struggling for expression, ready for
contest; but he who learns of Christ is emptied of self, of pride, of
love of supremacy, and there is silence in the soul. Self is yielded
to the disposal of the Holy Spirit. Then we are not anxious to have
the highest place. We have no ambition to crowd and elbow ourselves
into notice; but we feel that our highest place is at the feet of our
Saviour. We look to Jesus, waiting for His hand to lead, listening for
His voice to guide....... MB14-16
It is a terribly hard struggle to give up your own will and your
own way. But this lesson learned, you will find rest and peace.
Pride, selfishness, and ambition must be overcome; your will must be
swallowed up in the will of Christ. The whole life may become one constant
love sacrifice, every action a manifestation, and every word an
utterance of love...... 5BC1090-1092
There are many whose hearts are aching under a load of care
because they seek to reach the world's standard. They have chosen its
service, accepted its perplexities, adopted its customs. Thus their
character is marred, and their life made a weariness. ...... He bids them
seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and His promise
is that all things needful to them for this life shall be
added...... Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of
which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making
the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish,
and a plain path before their feet....... DA328-332