In Matthew 11, Jesus implored those who are weary and carrying heavy burdens to come to him and he will grant them rest. Those who are weary of their problems are advised to take the yoke of Jesus upon themselves to learn and find rest for their souls. Jesus reassures all that his yoke is easy and he can show them how to make their burdens light.
Believers must find the Christian life. What does it mean to come to church? One must learn not to dwell on the little problems but concentrate on their solutions. God’s yoke simply means one is to share the good news of Christ. Thereby, one can find rest through their belief in Christ.
People find rest from their burdens in different ways. The rest is given by Jesus. This gift of rest will flow the prayers and quiet songs of those gathered in a faith community. You may find rest within yourself in different ways - perhaps alone and with others.
Jesus shows the way and one must simply follow his example. This faith should be recognizable. Worry can steal peace from people. One must be aware that the past can not be changed. Nor can the future God intended for one be changed. One lives in the present moment. Worry leads to more worry. One can not live life by ignoring what is around. Plans for the future will happen just as tragedy will come and must be dealt with at that time.
Rest for humans comes from assurance of God’s watchful presence. Rest comes from the confession of faith by those who have seen God’s salvation. Rest will flow from the spirit at work in those who pray. Rest may come from the ancient recitation of psalms. Rest will flow from the prayers one lifts up for others. Then one is left with the remaining thought that God won’t ask for more than he knows you can provide.
Visitors are encouraged to partake of Good Shepherd Lutheran’s Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m. and Adult Sunday School at 10:45 a.m. Come and worship on Sundays at Good Shepherd Lutheran.