Matthew 11:28-30 - Come to Christ and Find Real Rest!

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) "Come to me, all you 
who are weary and burdened, and I will give you 
rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is 
easy and my burden is light." 



   For many years I never understood that 
Scripture, because I didnt know what a yoke was. 
When Jesus says, Take my yoke upon you, it 
sounded to me like he was going to give me something 
else to deal with. My burden is heavy enough 
already, Lord! I dont need to take your problems 
on me! 
   Then I learned that a yoke is actually a 
board with two arches in it that you put over two 
cattle so they can pull a cart. 
   The value of a yoke is that it halves the 
load. Without a yoke, one cows got to pull that 
entire load by itself. But if you yoke up the cow 
with another cow, then the two animals pull the 
load together, and the load is half as heavy. 
   When Jesus says to take his yoke upon 
you, hes not saying hes going to give you 
his problems. Jesus doesnt have any problems! 
Hes saying hes going to share your problems. 
Hes going to share your load. Hes going to 
take your stress on himself and bear it with 
   He uses three notable verbs in this 
Scripture: come, learn, and take. Jesus says, Come 
to me. Team up with me. Then, learn how I do 
it. Take on a lighter load. This is going to 
reduce your stress. This is going to make it easier 
for you to navigate. 
   When youre yoked with Christ, you move 
together with him. You move in the same direction and 
at the same speed. And you move in the right 
direction and at the right speed. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   Gentleness is an important quality to 
practice. It defuses conflict. It disarms critics. 
Its persuasive. Its attractive. It 
communicates love. 
   Most importantly, gentleness makes you 
more like Jesus. In Matthew 11:28-29, he says, 
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 
   Wait. Does this mean that the stress and 
the pressure youre feeling in life reveal 
that you are not gentle? Yes. Because the Bible 
says that the gentler you become, the more 
Christlike you become and the more at rest you will 
   Do you want to be at peace? Do you want 
to be like Jesus? You cant just walk out 
your door and force yourself to be gentle. You 
cant manufacture gentleness, because inside 
youre still going to be under stress. Its got 
to be an inside job. It has to be the 
fruit of Gods Spirit inside you. 
   Jesus is gentle and humble. When you let 
him share your burden, you will walk with him in 
a close relationship. You will learn how to be 
gentler and humbler, and he will give you rest and 
peace, not stress and pressure. [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 


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 

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 


   Along with being still, rest is a theme 
Jesus has brought to my attention this past year. 
(Have you found Jesus is always seeking to teach 
you something?) The way Jesuss loving intent 
has come to light is the intersection of my 
desperate need for rest and a bevy of messengers 
repeatedly urging me to rest.  
   Stillness and rest, Im finding, are 
not the same thing but are close cousins. In my 
case, the call to stillness came first. I had to 
carve out time to be still to hear and fully 
understand the invitation to rest.  
   In my case, rest is not about spending 
more time relaxing or having fun. Its a state 
of mind that informs my very being. Rest means 
that no matter whats going on, Im trusting 
Jesus is ordering my steps, solving my problems, 
providing, refining me - lovingly, completely, and 
right on time. It mostly feels like going with the 
flow, enjoying my life.  
   Yet neither stillness nor rest is 
passive. They both depend entirely on the intimacy of 
my relationship with Jesus - a level of 
intimacy that, as with any relationship, comes only 
with time, nearness, and attention to Him.  
   This idea of rest is gradually 
revolutionizing my life as I lean into it more and more. 
Could it have always been this simple? Could I 
have skipped some of my striving and anxious 
analyzing and gone straight to rest? I dont know. 
Maybe everything has led me here, right on time. 
by Isabella Yosuico  
   Faith Step: Consider Christs 
invitation to rest in Him. Seek to learn how you can 
receive Jesuss rest in your current situation. 
[Mornings With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and 


Relaxing with God
   I was thinking this morning about how 
wonderful it is to be relaxed with God. Spending time 
with Him should be enjoyable and comfortable, not 
rigid and filled with rules and lists of things we 
think we should do. We don't have to do a 
specified amount of reading and then pray for a 
certain length of time. We can come to Him and be 
ourselves. Our time with Him will include prayer 
(talking and listening to Him), and it should include 
reading and studying. because Gods Word teaches and 
feeds us. It keeps us strong! But it is important 
to be led by the Holy Spirit and to follow your 
hearts desire rather than having a list of rules 
and checking them off one by one. 
   Even if we have not had perfect behavior, 
we don't have to shrink from His presence. We 
can come boldly to Him, loving Him and receiving 
His love and forgiveness. We can ask Him to meet 
our needs because He is good, not because we 
have been good. 
   Thankfully, we don't have to be afraid 
that God is mad at us because we have failed or 
been imperfect. He is filled with mercy and 
loving-kindness and is waiting to shower it on you! 
   Go to God and tell Him that you love Him, 
because that is what He desires more than anything. 
Picture God as smiling at you with arms open wide! 
Let His presence be the most comfortable and 
relaxing place that you know of. We are made 
acceptable to God through our faith in Jesus, and He 
receives us as we are and helps us become what we 
should be. 
   Father, I need to be refreshed and 
relieved of all burdens. I come to You today in 
faith, believing that You accept me as I am. Help 
me to always enjoy You and to be relaxed in 
Your presence. [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 

Its Time to Take Out the Trash
   It seems as though theres some 
unwritten law of the universe that men must take out 
the trash. I dont know why, but thats our 
   For some reason I put it off at my house 
even though its really not that hard. Our 
trash cans have wheels and a handle, so all I need 
to do is drag them out front. Then someone 
comes along and picks up the trash. 
   They do their job, and they do it well. 
Im glad about that because if they decided not 
to pick up our trash for a month, wed have a 
serious situation. 
   Now, what Im about to say might seem a 
little odd: Jesus, in effect, wants to pick up your 
trash. Let me explain. He said, Come to me, all 
of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, 
and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 
   In other words, Would you please bring 
your cares to Me? Would you please bring your 
anxieties and your worries and your problems and your 
burdens to Me? When you do that, I will give you 
   Thats quite a promise because we all 
have cares and anxieties and worries that weigh 
us down. You know the feeling. Just when you 
lay your head down at night, here they come. 
What about this crisis? What about that 
   Sometimes youre able to give them over 
to the Lord, but then theyll pop back into 
your head again. It feels like a lot of weight on 
your shoulders. 
   Heres what the Bible says we should 
do: Give all your worries and cares to God, 
for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). We 
need to give deliberately and intentionally put 
our worries and cares into Gods hands. 
   When your burdens pile up, bring them to 
God. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

   When we're exhausted, the last thing we 
feel like doing is fighting. Like a boxer who has 
been knocked to the mat, we can't catch our 
breath, let alone stand up and swing at our opponent 
again. We're tired and overwhelmed. We begin to 
feel like it doesn't matter whether we get up 
again or not. We always seem to get knocked down 
again. Another unexpected bill, a sick kid, more 
work for less pay. Life is relentless. 
   But you're not alone. If you feel empty, 
low, or defeated, God wants to revive your 
strength. And as odd as it sounds, sometimes you have 
to fight for it. 
   When culture screams at you, "More is 
always better, remind yourself that less is 
often more. The moment life gives you more than 
you can handle, train yourself to stop, pause, 
breathe deeply, and take whatever burdens you have 
straight to Jesus. 
   Jesus told us to "learn from him." Sure 
he ministered to people faithfully. Of course 
he was available, willing to drop everything to 
meet a need. But he also took significant breaks. 
He rose early to seek his father. He broke away 
from the crowds to spend time alone. He 
experienced extended periods seeking deep rest for his 
   Not only does your body need a break but 
so does your soul. Maybe it's time to slow the 
pace. Breathe deeply. And enjoy his presence. You 
may feel like you simply can't. Don't make 
excuses. You can make excuses or you can make 
progress, but you can't make both. Fight for it. It's 
worth the fight. 
   You may not feel like you can afford to 
rest. I'd argue you can't afford not to. 
   When I can't keep going, Lord, I know you 
revive me and give me rest. You sustain my spirit, 
strengthen my body, and calm my mind. Thank you for 
letting me rest in you. [Daily Power by Craig 


Life has a way of dragging down, tiring out, 
and frustrating even the most able-bodied 
people. Relationships, careers, responsibilities, 
burdens, and unexpected troubles weigh heavily on 
hearts and minds, often pulling committed believers 
away from building a relationship with Christ. 
But He knows we're busy, overworked, and tired. 
That's why He promises us rest - more satisfying 
than the best nap ever - if we simply go to Him. 
[Daily Bible Promise Book By Barbour Publishing] 


   Come to Me, My weary one, and I will give 
you rest. I know the depth and breadth of your 
weariness. Nothing is hidden from Me! There is a time 
to keep pushing yourself - when circumstances 
require it - and a time to rest. Even I, who have 
infinite energy, rested on the seventh day after 
completing My work of creation. 
   Seek My Face, and then just linger in My 
loving Presence while I shine upon you. Let 
favorite scriptures amble through your brain, 
refreshing your heart and spirit. If something comes to 
mind that you don't want to forget, jot it down; 
then return your attention to Me. As you relax 
with Me, My Love will soak into the depths of 
your being. You may want to express your love for 
Me - in whispers, in spoken words, in song. I 
want you to know that 1 approve of you and I 
approve of rest. When you relax in My Presence, 
trusting in My finished work on the cross, both you 
and I are refreshed. (Mat. 11:28; Gen. 2:2; Num. 
6:25) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 


Matthew 11:28-30 - Come to Christ and Find 
Real Rest! 


Matthew 11:29 - Humble and Gentle Jesus.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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