“And I will give you rest.” When we are weary and burdened we will find no better resting place than in the presence of God.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)
I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but I’m getting more tired every day.
Siempre hay algo que hacer. The days are getting longer and longer, and we are living faster and more intensely.
And then we have the phone, WhatsApp, Telegram, email… that every day saturate us with hundreds of messages.
Y casi siempre es para pedir algo, o para enviarte un video de gatitos.
Rarely is it to ask, do you need something? Or to say, I am praying for you.
So it’s no wonder we are getting more and more tired.
We have become activists of life and work. Even of the church.
The whole day is squeezed to the maximum.
You have to finish a task at work. You have to go grocery shopping, or shopping for clothes. Go to the gym. Attend a meeting at school, or an event at the civic center. Then you have another activity at church. And, perhaps, you’ll still be able to watch that tv show you love so much.
It is life that drags us down.
And the worst of all is that, many times, we do not see the fruit of so much personal effort.
Because we have forgotten what our true objective is: to be a channel through which the Holy Spirit can act.
And for that we have to learn to prioritize things.
Quizá tendríamos que leer más a menudo el pasaje de Jesús con Marta que encontramos en Lucas 10:41-42: “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” .
Yes, I know, you may be thinking that sounds very nice, but the truth is that you’re up at three in the morning preparing the next study and ironing the clothes. And you haven’t stopped all day.
That is why it is important to find a solution. Or at least something to help us endure.
And no, lottery is not the answer.
However, God does offer something to those of us who are weary and burdened. And for this let us read the words of Jesus that are reflected in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 11 and verse 8:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
God knows us, and He knows our needs.
That is why He established the Sabbath day, so that we would stop our activities, focus on Him and rest in His presence.
And that is why Christ offers to receive us, at any time and in any situation, to obtain from Him the rest we need so much.
But if you notice Jesus does not say: “If anyone is weary, let him call me and I will come and strengthen him”.
Rather he says: “Come to me”.
God is not willing to be like that coffee you drink to sober you up so that you can go ahead with your plans.
God wants to be the center of your life. He wants you to leave everything and come to Him. You need to learn that only in his presence can you find peace, strength and security.
And it is only when you are before Him that Jesus can fulfill His promise: I will give you rest.
Because you are not in this world to do many things. You are in this world to do only one thing: to worship God, serving Him where and how He tells you.
The rest, and here I include all areas of our lives (family, work, etc.), must be subordinated to this end.
Therefore, it is not a matter of striving to achieve a good education, a good professional, social or economic status and a place of responsibility in the church.
It is about focusing your training, your work and your place in society or in the church on what God has called you to.
When you do this, and whether your calling demands high standards or not, God will give you grace, give you rest, help you move forward, and honor and bless you.
Because you will be honoring Him with your life and your obedience.
The rest will be work in vain. Y para ese trabajo en vano, aunque fuera ligero, créeme, no vas a encontrar descanso.
God bless you.