LEARN FROM ME! 12-4-2016

posted Dec 11, 2016, 6:13 PM by Dale Barnes

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt.11:28-30 NIV)

One thing that truly creates a burden that is difficult to carry is the common idea that we are to make this Christian life happen and succeed. So this keeps our attention on ourselves much of the time.  So we struggle with religious self effort where there is little or no satisfaction. Jesus said, it is wearisome.

Jesus tells us to yoke up with him and learn from him. The burden is light and the yoke easy.  “I am gentle and humble in heart, that is where you find his rest.”  In John 5:19-20, the Lord tells us that the Son (Jesus) can do nothing by himself, he can only do what he sees his father doing, so whatever the Father does so does the Son. Jesus follows the leadership of the Father. Learn from me, Christ says. Let God lead you!  How do I know that he will lead?  Jesus tells us clearly; the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.  Really, the whole Christian life is based on you and I trusting God for he loves us as his children and will show us his will.

God loves us!  He proved that by sending his Son, Jesus, to die in our place to bring us into a wonderful relationship with him.  We can relax and trust him. Draw near in full assurance. He will lead step by step into his full will. Even when we stumble, he will help us up and lead us on. God loves us and is faithful to us.  What he has begun in us, he plans to finish.