How has saying yes to God through this study helped you find a heart at rest?
Well, I gotta be honest…right now my heart is NOT at rest. Right now my heart is heavy and sad because I got some bad news. But that’s okay, because:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I am going to rest in Him today. I am going to apply these truths that have been reinforced throughout this study. I am going to seriously REST IN HIM. We all belong to Him, and He has written the story. I need to remember that the purpose of this study is not just to get through it, but to truly come out RADICALLY OBEDIENT on the other side. That means I will listen to His whispers. Follow hard after Him. Not believe the lies of the enemy.
I started my year-long study of Matthew last night and was really inspired by our new teaching leader. Her lecture was sweet and beautiful and inspiring. One of the best things I heard was, “Truth satisfies because truth is a Person.” A disciple is literally translated to “one who looks like Him.” And that’s what I want. I want people to see the Lord in me and the incredible work He’s done in me and others and what He can do for you, if you let Him. My ministry may never reach farther than the 4 walls of my home and the handful of people that read this blog. And that is okay. My heart is at rest with whatever He’s got for me. He is a God of order, and a creative Creator. He’s got this. HE’S. GOT. THIS. Just be obedient to Him and not only will your cup be filled, but it will runneth over all over the place and splash everyone around you. What a beautiful thing.
Jesus is not surprised by my sin – NOT AT ALL. He knows me. HE KNOWS TEMPTATION. If I come to Him, He will give me rest. If I repent, I am truly forgiven. Coming to Him is our greatest joy and responsibility. And when we come to Him, we need to be ready for His command to GO:
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
You can’t be all like, “Okay, Jesus! I love You and I want to follow You! Just don’t make me do anything too hard, okay?” No. That’s not how it works. He lays on our hearts what He wants us to do to glorify Him. And hey, whaddaya know? It usually lines right up with all the talents and gifts we were given when we were created. Interesting…
So, here I come and here I go. Jesus calls us to come EVERY DAY. Rest in Him EVERY DAY. Go do His work (in whatever capacity that may be) EVERY DAY. There is no day off from this once you’re there. You can try to take a day off, but you will be convicted. God will lean on your heart a little bit and try to steer you back home.
I pray that God reveals Himself to me in His Son and in His Word as I read and study the Gospel of Matthew for the next 9 months. I really cannot wait. I fully expect to meet Jesus in a way I never did before. And then, once again, every day, every minute, I can come to Him and rest.
What a beautiful thing.
Berks County sunset