“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
The word recover means to reclaim, to retrieve, to recapture, to regain.
To regain your rightful possessions and also to regain health: emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.
To RECOVER YOUR LIFE.
As we read yesterday in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
LIFE to the FULL.
We live in a culture which often views rest as a sign of weakness but it is very much a signal of strength.
I love the New Living Translation of Psalm 23:2 “He LETS me rest in green meadows” – He gives me His total permission to rest when I struggle to let myself.
Rest is as unique as we are. To some it can mean a walk on the beach, for others a talk on the phone; for some it can be a lie down, for others it can be a catch up with friends; for some it means staying in with a good book or movie, for others it can be a work out at the gym.
REST is whatever “renews my strength” Psalms 23:3 NLT and “refreshes my soul” Psalms 23:3 NIV
But here Jesus says “I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”
“Walk with me”
“Work with me”
“Watch how I do it”
“Keep company with me”
RESULT: “you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
We find real rest when we pursue His presence in everything we do.
In Mark 6:31 Jesus says to His disciples “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
This invitation still applies to us.
To Moses, “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”” Exodus 33:14 NIV
David writes, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5
Whatever way He restores, refills or renews you, give yourself permission to make space for that in the midst of busyness.
Respond to His invitation to “Come to me” and “Get away with me“.
Recover your life with real rest in His presence.
LET’S LEARN THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF HIS AMAZING GRACE.