Rest in Jesus

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The month of June is the unofficial start of summer. Many of us have been longing for warmer weather to get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. Camping and campfires, fishing and boating, walking or biking, or just sitting in a lawn chair with a cold beverage while reading a good book, basically doing whatever it takes to breath in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. We all need some time to rest, relax, and enjoy God’s good and beautiful creation.

The problem is that many of us feel like we are too busy to take that time. Too many responsibilities, too many bills, too many people depending on us, and too many overwhelming concerns that make it almost impossible to rest, relax, or enjoy anything. Is life really supposed to be this hard and this busy all the time? Is life really supposed to be so over-scheduled that we don’t even have time to sit down to a nice and relaxing meal with family and friends?

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (ESV)
Jesus is calling on us to take the laborious burdens of our hearts, our minds, and our souls and to lay it all on Him. All the sin, all the guilt, all the shame, all the worry, all the frustration, all the anger, all the bitterness, all the fear, all the anxiety, everything that robs us of rest and steals away our sleep at night, and to lay it all on Him.

The main reason why there is a mental health crisis in our nation is because our nation is distancing itself away from Jesus. And since they don’t know Him, they don’t know how to find relief from their heavy labor and burdens. However, every Christian also needs to remember that we can take all of this to the foot of the cross and drop it there, and Jesus will relieve us of those burdens, giving us the spiritual relief and rest that we so desperately need.

So come to His house in prayer and worship, lay your burdens on Him, be refreshed with His Word, His Body and His Blood, and find the rest and relief for which you are looking!

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Paul Pett

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