In the world but not of it

November 3, 2010

Come to Me…

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“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

The Lord wants to share our burden and not be a burden to us. We have the tendency to hold on to things with such a tight grip rather than entrusting them to the Lord. We can be rigid in our attitude and get weighed down with things that the Lord desires to free us of. The idea of a yoke was to ease the burden and the manner in which things were carried.

Several years ago, the Wall Street Journal carried a story about Sally, an overly conscientious youngster who made herself miserable over the smallest failures and setbacks.

Early one fall, while the leaves were still on the trees, there was an exceptionally heavy snowstorm.  Sally’s grandfather took her for a drive and said, “Notice those elms; the branches are so badly broken that the trees may die.  But just look at those pines and evergreens. They are completely undamaged by the storm.  My child, there are two kinds of trees in the world, the foolish and the wise. An elm holds its branches rigid.  As it becomes weighted down, eventually its limbs break.  But when an evergreen is loaded, it simply relaxes, lowers its branches, and lets the burden slip away. And so it remains unharmed. Be an evergreen, granddaughter.

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you [are] the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

This is why Jesus says in this passage in Matthew 11…”Come to me”…

The Lord continuously calls to us but it is the desire in our hearts that wavers. Remember how in Luke 9:23 the Lord said, “if anyone desires”… it begins with our desire and willingness to come, to move on from our complacency and uncertainty, to trust…

Desire is the extra. It’s the part of the blanket that hangs over the bed that keeps you warm; it’s the little extra that turns water into steam.

The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire.  Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.  He waits to be wanted.  Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain. A. W. Tozer

Don’t delay any longer. Father, help me please to come to you, to run to you. Strengthen me to have the ongoing desire and willingness to pray, to sit at your feet and to stay there until you speak to me…

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