August Letter from Mat

For many, August gives us the opportunity to reflect, and to rest, (although I’m also aware that many do not find this.) I was tempted to leave this whole page blank except for the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30Open Link in New Window,

“Come to me all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.

Wonderful words of Jesus. There is tremendous depth here. What they don’t mean is that to follow Jesus will be easy. What Jesus is saying here is that following him is the key to living life, and living it to the full with God.

Do you remember that Cadbury’s Caramel advert with the rabbit that asked, ‘why are you rushing around’ and then went on ‘take things easy with Cadbury’s Caramel’? What makes you rush around either literally or spiritually? I suspect for some there is a spiritual rushing around, a desperate search for the truth, for peace, a rushing around seeking fulfilment, a restlessness of spirit. For many there is a sense of rushing around to prove ourselves to God, to one another and ourselves. Jesus says, stop rushing around, come to me, rest with me, learn from me, be with me and you will find rest for your souls. If we believe Jesus to be the way, the truth and life then why seek direction, life or truth anywhere else?

This passage in Matthew is a beautifully simple call to love Jesus and allow ourselves to be loved by Jesus. To take time to ‘be’ with Jesus and know that we are accepted for who we are. From there we can go into the restless world knowing that we are rooted and grounded in Jesus, at peace with God and ourselves.

As a church we are generally busy, which is not a bad thing of itself, there is a lot of work to do. But we must not let that busyness become our ‘god’, we must not let our doing become our reason for being. We need to live and work out of our relationship with Jesus.

Perhaps during August you would like to take some time to meditate on these words of Jesus in Matthew, and resolve to come to Jesus daily, learn from him and find rest for your soul. Enjoy the summer.

Mat

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