Are You Weary?

“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

(Matthew 11:28)

Come to me”: This invitation, issued by Jesus, would have been viewed by many people of his time as outrageous, even scandalous coming from the mouth of anyone but God himself. In giving such an invitation, Jesus revealed his authority and divinity.

“‘Come’; he drives none away; he calls them to himself. His favorite word is ‘Come.’ Not, go to Moses – ‘Come unto me.’ To Jesus himself we must come, by a personal trust.”

(Spurgeon)

The invitation to us all is ‘come’ to Jesus first and foremost. He is our first port of call in every storm that life throws our way.

“All who labour”: The word ‘labour’ implies the burdens we take upon ourselves. We all do it, don’t we? We try to cope on our own, when we really don’t have to!

The phrase ‘heavy laden’ implies the burdens others put on us. The same thought is expressed in Matthew 23:4, where Jesus spoke against the religious leaders of his day, saying: “They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”

Whether your weariness today is due to self sufficiently or heavy burdens and demands placed on you by someone else, Jesus’ invitation is to you. Lay it all on him, as expressed so beautifully in Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;”

And in 1 Peter 5:7,cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Jill 💜

9 thoughts on “Are You Weary?

  1. What a beautiful Lord we serve, who doesn’t just walk with us, but helps us carry our burdens too. It is a thought worth meditation, thank you for highlighting it Jill. God bless you and your family today sister 🙏

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  2. Love this reminder of Jesus calling us to Him…no carrot or stick… just an open armed invitation

    Open armed to welcome us to Him

    Open armed as He bears the same pain we do – as life’s difficulties beat us down.

    What an image as we consider His birth, as a tiny baby, some 2,000 years ago.

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  3. Simple and to the point, with new information (to me) about the burdens others put in us.

    I found your blog through my good friend Andy Berry, from the Berry Bunch.

    Now following!

    God Bless.

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