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Taking Rest

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Growing up the month of June meant three things.  First; school was out and I wouldn’t have to go back for about three months. Second; on the afternoon of the last day of school I would get a summer hair cut from my mom…she would buzz my brother and I good.  Lastly June was the beginning of the count-down to our two week vacation at the beach down in Baja California.

This was one of the best things we ever did as a family.  My Dad worked really hard every year saving up to make this happen for us.  Down at a beach called “La Mision” between Tijuana and Ensenada, at a rented house we would swim, fish, play, read, listen to Dodger games and just “Be” for two weeks.  It truly was a restful, joyous experience, especially for my father.  It was fun to watch him get rejuvenated from the burdens of his ministry workload and find rest.

I heard a Christian theologian explain that the word “rest” used in the scripture above, literally meant the essence of what amounts to taking a vacation. So when Jesus spoke this invitation to, He could have been saying “Come unto me all who are heavy laden…and I will give you…a vacation.”

I am not exactly sure what that means in the context of being a Christ Follower.  But if it comes anywhere close to the idea that in being with Jesus, I can experience the joy, fellowship, grace, love and wonder that was my family’s life for two weeks in Mexico every summer, then I’m in.

I accept the invitation of Jesus to live in His rest, and leave the burdens of selfishness, sin, religion, and human expectation behind, so that I may live a life of wonder and joy in the constant company of Christ who loved me and gave His life for me.  I invite you to come along with me.


Pastor Joel

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  1. May 31, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Ah, we will remember that vacation spot as we visited you there a couple of times. A great place to unwind and refresh. And yes, we do rest in His rest.

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