Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 HCSB)
Many of us have heard this verse over and over, so it’s easy for us to gloss over it and not truly grasp what Jesus is saying here. I’ve been realizing that in my personal life it’s not so easy for me to give up control, and I think that’s what one of the main points of this Scripture. When Jesus says, Come to Me…, He’s saying: “Let go of yourself. You have no power in this situation, but I do. I am the I AM!” It’s difficult for me to let go of the control on certain situations in life, but ultimately, if I want to find rest in Christ, I have to let go.
So I have always thought that this Scripture was much easier said than done. I mean, how exactly to I lay down my burdens when they are still going to be with me the next day and the next and so on? How can I lay down my burdens for good and not pick them back up again with the rising sun? I believe the answer to this and many other questions like this in our spiritual lives all boils down to abiding in Christ. When we take on the mindset of Christ, He changes us. He is able to create the space needed to break our hearts for what breaks His, rather than allowing us to get so wrapped up in our own little lives and seemingly large problems. When we take our eyes off of ourselves and place them on the Cross of Christ, our burden does become light, because we realize the price He paid for us.
Sara Young puts it this way in the book Jesus Calling, which I love:
You are feeling weighed down by a plethora of problems, both big and small. They seem to require more and more of your attention, but you must not give in to those demands. When the difficulties in your life feel as if they’re closing in on you, break free by spending quality time with me. You need to remember who I AM in all My Power and Glory. Then, humbly bring Me your prayers and petitions. Your problems will pale when you view them in the Light of My Presence. You can learn to be joyful in Me, your Savior, even in the midst of adverse circumstances. Rely on Me, your Strength; I make your feet like the feet of a deer, enabling you to go on the heights.
John 14:4- states:
Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.