Published by Jason Taylor on Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:33

I recently preached at Brampton on Matthew 11, a text about Jesus confounding expectations not once but twice. The last three verses of chapter 11 are familiar to many of us but The Message translation of the bible shows Jesus' words in a new light:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

If following Jesus seems like hard work, it shouldn't. His promise is burdens that are light and easy; not a life free of difficulty or trouble but a life where what comes our way he will equip us to deal with. 

Jesus promises "real" rest; again not a life of idle pleasures but one where our wandering, weary souls find peace in him so that we can relax into him instead of continually striving to achieve so that we can live "freely and lightly".

Sounds good doesn't it? But how can we obtain this? By listening to what he said: "come to me, get away with me, walk & work with me and watch how I do it." Followers of Jesus are often referred to as disciples. A disciple is someone who is trying to live the way, and follow the teachings, of another. If you are tired and worn out maybe you are trying to do too much in your own strength; perhaps it's time to stop and recalibrate, learning the "unforced rhythms of grace" that Jesus wants to teach you.

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