"Come unto me, and I will give you rest."
- Jesus, Matthew 11:28
The brief discourse below based on this verse is challenging me today. It's pushing me up and out of myself and the sluggishness that I keep fighting this week.
[taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, June 11th entry]
Do I want to get there? I can now. The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by the words - "Come unto Me." Not - Do this, or don't do that; but - "Come unto Me." If I will come to Jesus my actual life will be brought into accordance with my real desires; I will actually cease from sin, and actually find the song of the Lord begin.
Have you ever come to Jesus? Watch the stubbornness of your heart, you will do anything rather than the one simple childlike thing - "Come unto Me." If you want the actual experience of ceasing from sin, you must come to Jesus.
Jesus Christ makes Himself the touchstone. Watch how He used the word "Come." At the most unexpected moments there is the whisper of the Lord - "Come unto Me," and you are drawn immediately. Personal contact with Jesus alters everything. Be stupid enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude of coming is that the will resolutely lets go of
everything and deliberately commits all to Him.
". . . and I will give you rest," i.e., I will stay you. Not - I will put you to bed and hold your hand and sing you to sleep; but - I will get you out of bed, out of the languor and exhaustion, out of the state of being half dead while you are alive; I will imbue you with the spirit of life, and you will be stayed by the perfection of vital activity. We get pathetic and talk about "suffering the will of the Lord!" Where is the majestic vitality and might of the Son of God about that?
Whoa. Have you processed that before? A kind of "rest" that results in vitality and action? Sticking close to Jesus delivers a restfulness - a peace - to our spirits, and a simultaneous power to live, not just survive.
Love that. Want that. Need that.