Have you ever been really tired? When? What did you do?
Do you know what an invitation is? Have you ever been invited to something? Maybe a birthday party or a friend’s house for an activity. Or maybe you’ve been invited to share something with someone, like a tasty desert, or a fun game or toy. Everyone loves to be invited don’t they? And in the Bible Jesus gives us the greatest invitation ever. Here it is:
Matthew 11:28-30. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“Come to me and find rest for your soul.”
Jesus isn’t inviting us to take a nap because he’s not just offering us rest for our body. He’s offering us rest for our soul. Your soul is the inside part of you that thinks and feels and makes choices. Your soul is invisible. But your soul is super important because it is in your soul that you decide what you will believe and then what you will do about what you believe.
Why does your soul need rest? Because, just like your body can get tired when it works too hard, your soul can get tired too. It can start to believe the wrong things about God and about Jesus. Your soul might start to think that you have to earn God’s love by being good or by doing things (“laboring”) for God. Soon you start to think that you’re not good enough or that maybe God doesn’t like you anymore because of your sins and failures. Over time believing this about God can make you very tired in your soul.
But Jesus says “come to me and find rest for your soul.” How? By trusting that God always loves you no matter what. By believing in Jesus’ forgiveness through his death for us on the cross. By knowing that no matter what we do or don’t do, God will always save us and take us to heaven when we trust in Jesus. And that means no more being tired in your soul. It means rest for your soul forever.
Because of Jesus we never have to earn God’s love again.
With Jesus we can always have rest in our soul.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Do something restful together as a family. Maybe a “sleepover” while you watch a movie. Or play a game together that isn’t a competition. Or even just take some time to lay down and think in complete quiet.
Talk about how rest is an act of faith because when we rest were letting God know that we are OK with not proving ourselves because we trust that God has everything under control.
Thank you that I never have to earn your love or my salvation. Help me rest in my soul because of this great truth.
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