Christ's Promised Refuge for the Weary

"I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."-Matthew 11:29-30, emphasis added

As we continue our study of how to apply Matthew 11:28-30 to learning to live contentedly and victoriously for Christ, we have come to the part where we get to find out how to enjoy Christ's promised refuge for the weary. What a blessing!

Everything that Jesus did was in submission to knowing and doing the will of God. This included:

Jesus' purpose in life: "Behold, I have come-In the volume of the book it is written of Me-To do Your will, O God" (Hebrews 10:7). Do you want God's will more than your own plans?

Jesus' delight in life: "‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work' " (John 4:34). Are the things of earth more delightful to you than the Truth of God?

Jesus' patience in life: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering you did not require" (Psalm 40:6). Are you patient enough to let God choose what is best? Remember: God gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him!

Jesus' priority in life: "I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:38). Are you dying to self daily so that you are alive unto Christ in the Spirit?

Jesus' attitude in life: "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42). Are you humbly whispering daily to Jesus: "Not my will, but Yours, be done"?

Again, I remind you: Jesus is the Refuge for the weary. There is no sheep of His pasture that He doesn't invite to find rest in Him. He seeks us, finds us, and offers His perfect rest to us. As the world around us accelerates, our energies wane. But we are not defenseless victims. Fleeing to Jesus as your Refuge will replace frenzy with peace and rest!

Find stillness as you bow before God: "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). Before hurrying past that profound command, stop and consider it in your mind. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and waiting before Him. That is largely a foreign experience in these busy times. Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires such discipline. Silence before Him is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life.

Offer yourself in surrender to God. This is done by trusting the Lord completely as you exercise the discipline of surrender.

Cultivate the discipline of simplicity in your life.You can do this by reordering your private world.[18]

The Decision:

The Discipline:

To reorder one's private world

Simplicity

To be still

Silence

To cultivate serenity

Solitude

To trust the Lord completely

Surrender

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