It can be easy to find ourselves walking this life on autopilot and exhausted. But, the reality is, this was never the ultimate intent God had for us in our existence--to find ourselves burnt out on life, depressed, tired, ready to quit, striving every day for something brighter, something greater, something alive. Jesus speaks into this reality with a simple, yet profound, invitation:
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matt 11:28-30 NLT)
When you read these words, don’t they just resonate with you? I can almost hear you saying softly under your breath, “Oh how I could use that in my life!”. I know it resonates with you because it resonates with me. Maybe you have read these words so many times that the familiarity of them has caused them to lose their impact. It can help to see the words in a new light. Look at how Eugene Peterson puts it in The Message:
“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.”
There is just something that is innately wired into our DNA that calls out to us. It is something that is deep down in our soul that yearns for this reality. To trade a burnt out life for the unforced rhythms of grace and find real rest!
Are you ready to trade in a burnt out life for the unforced rhythms of grace? Here's two simple options to start your journey:
1. Check out Pastor Martin's most recent message series 'Living In Alignment' in its entirety and discover how you can align with God's plan for your life and find inner peace, your life-path, and deeper faith. Or if you prefer getting the audio, search for Gateway Alliance Church on iTunes or Google Play Music.
2. Check out the book 'Soul Care' and start to discover the fault lines in your life and 7 transformation principles for a healthy soul. Or better, join us this Wednesday at 630pm as we continue our Soul Care seminar. It isn't to late to jump in. You can get more details here or just show up at 630pm tomorrow at Gateway.