All the way back to Adam and Eve, sin has caused us to have a labourous life. Back in Genesis God cursed the ground because of the sin that Adam and Eve committed and he said to Adam “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19 NIV. To Eve he cursed with painful labor in giving birth.
No matter how you look at it, this is our plight and none is exempt. This laborous curse has further manifested itself in many ways throughout all of the issues of life. Surely life can get wearisome and you don’t have to be tilling the ground to feel that way. Even in the very things in life that we try to do to lift our standard or way of living or to pursue our dreams and passions in life; All of it comes with many labors and when one is weary there’s only one viable option; Rest.
Rest is the act of ceasing work or movement. A state of inactivity, minimal function; Sleep. We know the Bible says, “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.” Matthew 11:28-29 NIV. Surely we can all use some rest from our busy day to day lives; but the rest that Jesus was talking about was not physical rest. God is a Spirit, so we ought to consider the strain and burdens that the issues of life have put on our spirit man and our souls. Our souls have been working overtime capturing all the weight of our life’s story while our spirit have been crying out for us to make the exchange. What is that exchange? It’s the exchange of accepting the yoke of Christ, learning from him how to be made free from the wearisome burden of sin that he sacrificed himself for, in order that we can return to relationship with God, the father, just like he did. Let’s read that verse again… “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.”
Matthew 11:28-29 NIV.
On the contrary, what does God say about Physical deed? Galatians 6:9 NIV says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” No productivity comes from the weary. When we are weary we are more inclined to give up, to miss out, to loose hope. Be wary of being weary. When you feel taxed, beat up, abused, overused, unappreciated, unnoticed, overlooked, passed over, frustrated, mistreated, forgotten, ignored, drained, exhausted, tired, disliked, despised, overworked, neglected, dismissed, disregarded, rejected, resented, insulted, avoided, undervalued, belittled, discredited, criticized, disrespected, held back, minimized, weakened, depressed, discouraged, saddened, bothered, helpless, hopeless, and so much more; know that Jesus says, Come to me and make the exchange. Give him what you are carrying and take what he has to give you. We may be carrying all those things and more that has been a heavy load on our heart but Christ is saying take my yoke, “for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 NIV
So do not become weary in doing good, make the exchange and don’t give up. The time is coming when you will reap a harvest. A harvest of love, a harvest of blessings, a harvest of favor, whatever it is that you need, whatever you desire, make the exchange and keep going, keep pushing, keep pressing, keep believing, keep hoping, keep giving it over to the Lord.