“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matthew 11:28-30) MSG.
Oftentimes we allow ourselves to get overly tired and just plain old worn out. Our energies are spent trying to achieve all the things that we are responsible for in the many roles we play on a daily basis. So discouraged and frustrated, we prioritize those other things over our personal worship and devotional lives, unaware that we are self-sabotaging; ultimately getting diminishing returns for our efforts. Our relationships begin to suffer as a result of this kind behavior; first with God, then with others.
In John chapter 4 Jesus goes out of his way to begin a conversation with a woman who had some serious baggage when it came to relationships. He pursued this woman in a way no other man ever did and offered her something no other man could ever give. He offered to give her living water so that she would never thirst again. Jesus is continually offering us the same gift. He already gave his life so that we can live in him, and now he offers us rest so that we can live “freely and lightly”.
I write this blog out of the overflow of my own desperation for God’s intervention in my daily life. My prayer is that the words I write will encourage you to seek the Lord in a very personal way. May you be refreshed by his living water and live the abundant life that results in changed lives for all you encounter.