Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron. Now it was question time and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?" A little boy on the front row said, "You're a mother."
Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all you 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.”
I was standing on the side of the mountain road in Honduras, looking around the tiny village when I saw a team of mules carrying clay roof shingles used on most homes in Latin America. The road was covered with big rocks, so the mule would put his foot down, but not move another until he found solid ground.
As I watched, I wondered: how heavy was the load, how long could he carry it, how long did they live with that kind of life. (see photo on page 4) It reminded me of the poor people of Honduras that are burdened by poverty, but it also reminded me of how we are often burdened by the troubles of this life: disease, a loved one who is sick, marriage problems, a rebellious child, financial problems and work problems. Then there are spiritual problems that weigh us down: unconfessed sin, pride, envy, lust, jealousy, unforgiveness, anger and guilt.
Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you …” He invites everyone, but we must choose to accept the invitation. He says “come,” which implies moving from where we are, to where He is. He says, “Take my yoke,” which is an invitation to a relationship. A yoke connects two oxen so that they are side by side, walking together, working together, learning about each other. He invites us to a relationship where we get to know Him. Religions teach us to know about God, but God wants us to know Him, to have a relationship with Him. He says, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” He will not weigh us down with rules, He weighs us down with love and hope and joy and peace! Will you accept this invitation? He is offering rest or peace for your soul.
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.