I was a student leader the latter half of my undergrad years. That role along with school work, a job, regular exercise, and minimal recreation was sometimes exhausting. So I periodically took weekend rests to rejuvenate myself.
It started after an early dinner on Friday afternoons. Having already cleaned my room and washed all laundry, I’d shower and then jump in bed. I took no calls nor did I answer the door. It was strictly rest time.
On Saturdays I would rise only to shower and sometimes have a quick breakfast; then it was back to bed. The point was to simply lie there, drifting in and out of sleep. The TV could play softly but that was about all.
This was my routine for the entire weekend.
When duties resumed on Mondays, I felt like a completely new person. Not only was my energy renewed, but I also noticed that my mind was sharper. I’m not one for sleeping in, but I’ve learned that it can be useful sometimes.
An Unbeatable Deal
My desire is to rest in Christ the same way. We all have life duties and other unexpected matters that tackle us. Jesus offers, “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.”
The illustration of the yoke implies being in the service of another; and in this case it means putting oneself in the employ of God’s law, as opposed to a life lived in sin and done the world’s way. Christ persuades us—“Stop making your way hard way. Let me teach you grace.”
And it’s a worthy lesson. We need not wear ourselves out running on the wheel of pleasing others, living shamed by sin, uncertain about the future, or purposeless and oblivious of God.
Jesus is door to the rest we need. He and the Father and Spirit have eternally enjoyed rest and delight in each other; and Christ offers us that sweet communion in exchange for our every chore. We really can live life with heaven in our hearts.