"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Loneliness and frustration most likely gripped the breaking heart of God. John was in prison and awaiting execution. Jesus had dispersed his disciples two by two and sent them into surrounding communities to minister. All of the miracles and all of the signs that He had performed in Chorazin and Bethsaida had little effect upon the people's heart. Religious leaders and well intentioned scholars had perverted His law into something that was burdensome and impossible to adhere to. There was no longer in joy in serving God.
People were fighting, wrestling, striving to comply with the teachings of men and were no longer seeking after God. Men and women served out of obligation instead of adoration. It was in this setting, that God said enough is enough. He asked, are you tired? He asked, is it too heavy? With the stern, unforgiving faces of religious folk looming in the background, God said "Come unto me...I will give you rest."
God is still able to mend families, perform financial miracles, restore hope, and bring peace of mind. But change doesn't just happen. It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Jesus saw people that were hungry, thirsty, tired, and trying to atone for their past failures. He saw religious zealots who had no answers, and He saw people who only had problems. So He gave to us the framework for change in three words: Come, Take, Learn.
Jesus said to Come. The only prerequisite is to accept His invitation. God wants to transform your life. Not just provide momentary relief from difficulty but He wants you to experience a complete metamorphosis. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."
There is no way to pay for your mistakes on this earth. You are disqualified from earning God's love. You cannot be good enough that He accepts you or work hard enough to earn His blessings. We are all sinners. It is a work of God that transforms our life. It is a metamorphosis that takes place at Calvary when the precious blood of Jesus is applied to our lives. Jesus is saying Come, receive His invitation.
Secondly, we must Take. We must embrace the position of submission and servitude. God can bring blessing out of blunder when submit ourselves to Him. His yoke is being in the position to submit yourself to His plan and having the disposition of a servant. "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up." James 4:10
Peter said it a different way, "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time." 1 Peter 5:6
So we take on the position of submission and the disposition of a servant which in turn allows God to do great, big things in our lives. Finally, we Learn. We learn to embrace what God has placed in your life. Learn that life is simply too heavy for you. Learn that God will never subtract from your life. Learn that God uses common, everyday situations to confound the enemy. Learn to trust God and He will work it out.
This week my prayer for you is that you come to God, that you take on humility and submit yourself to Him, and that you learn miracles are for you. Talk to God this week out of adoration and not obligation. He will hear you. He will answer you.