Enter Into the Joy of My Rest by Pastor John Kitterman
I pulled the covers up over my head as I rolled over in bed. I was painfully aware of the sun streaming in the window attempting to poke my eyes and sear my face. The sun represented another beautiful day and I wanted nothing to do with it. I dragged my exhausted body out of bed and immediately sought my morning energy drink. Shortly after I finished the drink, it began to mask the low-grade exhaustion that had become normal for me. Life seemed to be pointing out my bodies fallibility.
We experience life in seasons and in this particular season, I thought my schedule and responsibilities were more manageable than in the previous season, so I was looking forward to less exhaustion. Instead of feeling better I continued to feel tired. Looking back, it’s all very clear that I was simply overdue for rest.
It is 100% true that we are called to rest, yet I neglected that rest in the name of necessity and kingdom. But rather than add the burden of guilt to me, God reminded me of a new covenant relationship that He made possible to us. Jesus did not destroy the old covenant, rather He fulfilled it and made a new covenant. Under the new covenant we are not only forgiven but we become adopted sons and daughters. The picture of adoption is that our old self is made dead and a new self is born into the family of God.
Jesus said, “All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal Him. Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
There is such a completeness of Jesus’ declaration that all things are entrusted to Him that it’s so encouraging that the part He passes on to us is an easy yoke and a light burden. The context of His words are in relation to the dozens and dozens of burdensome rules the religious leaders of the day had placed on the people. Jesus replaced the burden of the law with the invitation of relationship.
So when I consider my life, its priorities, and rhythms, in light of Jesus’ words, I hear an invitation. It’s an invitation to spend time with Him. Just like Jesus made His way away from the crowds to seek an audience with God, we are invited to make our way away from the many cares of this world and seek the face of Jesus through praise, pray, and silence. Not as a burden like a heavy yoke but as an invitation to have more relationship with Jesus.
As I honor Jesus by resting and seeking His face, He is faithful to meet me and commune with me. And the result is that the more I rest, the more vision I have. The more I sit quietly, the more I hear from heaven. The more I praise the, more alive I feel. The more I honor God in this process, the more I align myself with God’s principles, the more I see His hand released in me and through me.
Accept Jesus’ invitation to rest in Him today!