“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
“Come to me.” It is His invitation. With Jesus there is always an invitation. No one is forced, no one is intimidated, manipulated or tricked; it is a simple invitation, an invitation that is easy to miss if we are not attentive. Like all invitations, it requires a response, but it is not a going somewhere; it is a coming to Him.
The invitation is often overlooked by those who are comfortable, or those who are settled, or even the ones looking for something extra to spice up their lives. They cannot see the need to “Come to him.”
The invitation is for the weary, heavy-laden, those who recognize their neediness...
It is for the ones who are at the end of their strength.
It is for those living on the edge of hopelessness.
It is for those living under constant pressure.
It is for those living under incessant worry.
It is for those who held by their grief.
It is for the needy and the helpless.
It is for the oppressed.
To them He promises to give relief, rest and refreshing. He promises to ease their burden, provide for the renewal of their strength, and to restore their hope.
He promises them something new that they are not acquainted with: rest. Rest from the constant exhaustion of the daily toil, and burdensome obligations imposed by life and those around them. Rest from religious expectations and from the never ending sameness of life. He promises them something that they only dreamt of, something that is only for the wealthy, the settled, whose who have no needs. He promises rest from worry, fear of the future and the fear of man. He promises a rest that takes our eyes off our limits and onto Him who is eternal. He promises a rest that leads to peace, a peace that frees us from the burdens and stresses of an uncertain tomorrow.
The invitation stands; it is never revoked. “Come to me…”