“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.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message) Jesus spoke that invitation to His disciples and followers as a beautiful offer of exchange to us all. Bring Him all that is weighing us down, causing us pain, keeping us up at night and keeping us from truly connecting with our Father and He will take it on. In exchange, He will teach us what real rest feels like.
Learning by example is always easier than trying to figure things out on our own. Jesus’ offer is to walk with Him and work with Him…and watch how He does it…and that offer is good today. The beauty of that unforced rhythm of grace is that we respond to His invitation not out of obligation but out of desiring a relationship. Evangelist Joseph Prince said it this way: “The reality is, when you don’t read the Bible, you should not be feeling guilty; you should be feeling hungry.”
You can be sure of this: when we mess up…and it’s inevitable that we will!…we don’t have to hide. Jesus began with our exhaustion and disillusion and said – bring it! No matter what it is or how often we find ourselves way in over our head, bring it all to Him. He said, “keep company with Me and you will learn to live freely and lightly.”
Right now is the perfect time to lighten your load and follow His beautiful rhythm of grace!