Matthew 11: 28 - 30 (AMP)
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy- laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne."
Can you see that Matthew is acting on behalf of government and the laws and penalties set up within that structure? He collected on behalf of a system that demands a certain response and if he is not getting the demands that system would require, penalties could be brought down. Here again is that contrast of the demands of law and the impartation of grace that I have spoken about. Even though the scripture does not say a lot about the heavy burden that was placed by the laws of Rome, you can clearly see Jesus’ comforting words to a man who functions within that system. Jesus words are, “I will give you rest.” Was He talking about people in their secular jobs? Although there is an application to the tiredness that comes upon us by everyday work, I think that it goes even further to those who are under the burden and the demand of the law. To be clear, I am not talking about some kind of civil disobedience, but I am talking about the moment where clarity hits you and you realize the systems that we have created because of such labour and burden, self-effort and demand. Jesus contrasts this by saying to Matthew, there is a different way. There is this place, Matthew, where all heavy burdens are dropped. I have always been amazed at what happens to people when they come to Jesus and that heavy-laden, back breaking burden eases off them. Religion does not give that to us. It is only with a relationship that can provide such ease, relief, and refreshment for our souls. Verse 29 gives to us the whole structure of the inner attitude of a changed heart. I love these words that are spoken here because I believe that it is the call of our Father to the Matthew part that is in all of us. The need to break away from all of the heavy demands and the exacting requirements and come to that place of my burden is light and easy to be borne.
To conclude I would suggest that during this time of summer vacation let your heart, your deep inner person, rest in what Jesus has done for you. Get off the treadmill and begin to walk with him and enjoy who he is and we will be sure to enjoy who we are together.