We wake up tired in the morning; went to bed late last night, we drive to work and oh my Lord…so much to do! The phone is ringing, one more client to take care of. Voices all around us; this one is talking about this one, the other one is responding, the jokes are dirty, the laughter is filled with seduction, the conversations are empty. Oh, but it’s now 3PM, I am tired, can’t wait to go home! Finally, I am home; children must be reminded again of their homework, dinner needs to be prepared, must make a run to Wal-Mart as my daughter waited until the last minute to tell me about this project in school. My son has a football game tonight at 7PM, I must get all these things done now…etc. Back from my son’s game; getting children ready for bed; finally everybody is in bed and I am the only one awake; did I pay that bill? The mind is consumed with concerns; will I have enough to pay the rent this month? I turn the TV on; TBN has another preacher talking about money, and so I switch channels and must make a decision: Jay Leno or David Letterman? Or maybe I can check my e-mails, my Facebook and my Twitter account. I am tired, but want to spend some quiet time with myself, but I can’t take it anymore, I must go to sleep. In the process, I did not spend even one minute in prayer and have not opened my Bible since Sunday. Sound familiar?
The devil is doing a great job in keeping people busy. Our day dances between four things:
- Self-Entertainment (Internet, Facebook, e-mails, etc)
- Family responsibilities
- And at times, the desire to run from it all
The reality is that as long as we keep these kinds of routines we will always be tired with very little opportunity to grow in Christ. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (KJV)
These verses are directly speaking to us; we are the people that are “labour and are heavy laden.” The first thing that it tells us is to “Come to Him.” Going after God must be intentional; we can’t wait until we feel like it or for some kind of supernatural slap in the face. We must make up our minds to go after God.
The second thing that we see here is that we must be willing to exchange the yoke that we currently have and replace it for the one that Jesus has for us. Jesus gives us an invitation to “Take His yoke”; His yoke or way of life is available for God’s people.
Third we have an invitation to learn from Jesus; that speaks to me about a process. This is not going to happen overnight. The missing ingredient in order to be able to live the life that Jesus has for us is humility: Jesus tells us: “…learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart…”
As we purposely go after God through prayer, the reading of His Word, coming together in devotional times with our families, church activities, Godly fellowship, etc. we will be able to find physical and mental rest. In all we must remember that Jesus is telling us that His “yoke is easy, and His burden is light.” Beloved, I am afraid that we are complicating our relationship with Jesus. To establish a relationship with Christ is the easiest thing in the world; however, it’s the very thing that the enemy and our flesh will fight the most. The relationship itself is not difficult. It is in the “I love you Lord” in the middle of the day; it is in keeping our meditation on Him; it’s in listening to His voice and the reading of His Word that we find constant opposition. Beloved, prayer is not only about talking to God, it’s about listening. As far as I am concerned, the most important thing in prayer is not what I have to say, but what my Daddy has to say.
The promise is that you will carry a burden that is light. Personally, I believe that this does not mean that we will do less or be less productive; to the contrary, this means that we will do much more because it will be Jesus doing it through us without our interruptions, but with our cooperation!
So, that morning on your way to work open your heart to the voice of God, get a hold of that Bible verse at work; you don’t have to read the whole Bible in one year, is about intimacy, it is about studying, not just reading; in the midst of the mess of the day, listen…He is speaking!