Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
When we study the scriptures, two TRUTHS will come from the pages: Number 1- LIFE AIN’T FAIR. Number 2- Life- DONE HIS WAY- IS HARD! In Matthew 5:44-45 we are told to Love our ENEMIES and pray for those persecute us. And then He says, He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. God didn’t say, IF we are persecuted, or IF, we have enemies. Why, because HE KNOWS THIS WORLD and HE knows HIS CHILDREN. And HE knows the two CAN’T MIX: A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Jesus Himself told us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)
Leader, Jesus was very clear, the WORLD will do to you, what WE DID to HIM! John 16:2 tells us; They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. If you are a TRUE FOLLOWER OF JESUS, then this world will NOT TREAT YOU FAIRLY! As a matter of fact, you should expect it! In the most PRACTICAL book in the Bible, the book of JAMES, we are told by the Leader of the Jerusalem church; You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. See also 1 John 2:15.
Conduit, the Bible tells us LIFE AINT FAIR- If Life was fair, we would all BE IN HELL! The Bible also tells us that Life is HARD, we should actually be looking for the HARD PATH. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matt 7:13-14) This understanding is a test of genuine faith. It is one thing to say you believe, it is one thing to say you’re a Christian, it is one thing to go through the motions, it is another thing to prove it by your life. Our Faith gets tested by how we respond to trials. Jesus is telling us that only He can give us rest from the heavy burdens and sorrows of this world. We can rest in this fact: as a yoke does with animals, our load is shared and becomes less burdensome with Him. A JOY shared is doubled, but a BURDEN shared is halved. This is the idea of taking upon us the yoke that Jesus provides, and we LEARN FROM HIM- Read His WORD- and that gives us “rest for our souls.” And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen!