All of us, no matter what our age, are constantly exposed to advertising–in newspapers and magazines, on radio and television, on billboards, in circulars and catalogs that come in the mail, by telemarketing phone calls, and by ads on our computer screens. We are constantly being urged to buy goods and services, to invest some of our resources for a return in the future, or to indulge ourselves in food, drink or entertainment for the gratification of our desires.
All of us, I’m sure, have been stung in our purchases or investments at least a few times. The toy we bought fell apart as soon as the kids began to play with it. The appliance we purchased never worked right. The car we got turned out to be a lemon or a gas-hog. The value of our savings and investments was challenged by a volatile economy. The medicine for which we paid dearly turned out to not really help at all.
Now along comes Christ with his fantastic offer: “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) This really sounds like one of those “too-good-to-be-true” offers! Nothing to send in, no limited time, no purchase required, no minimum order–just Christ, who makes this tremendous invitation, to come to him and find rest.
But wait just a minute. Don’t hang up. Have you ever felt cornered by a chain of events that appeared to back you deeper and deeper into a situation from which you could see no escape? Have you ever felt on the verge of sheer panic as you faced choices which seemed to offer only varying degrees of disaster? Have you ever lain awake at night, burdened with anxious fears or a broken heart? You don’t have to live very long to experience some of these feelings. And Christ knows that. He knows where you are in the world all the time, and he knows how desperately you need the comfort and hope, the living love, that his offer promises.
Don’t think for a minute that this offer is for someone else but not for you. Christ came into the world to be with you in the challenges this world brings. If you find yourself laboring through life, trying to make some sense out of everything that is going on, this offer is for you. If you bend beneath time’s load, longing for the relief you anticipate when the bundle of years is lifted, this invitation is for you. No matter what your situation, this offer is for you.
So, come to Christ in faith. Believe in him as the Son of God sent into the world to live, suffer, die and rise from death to reveal God’s compassion and care for you in your present situation and every situation to come. He offers to yoke with you so you will have strength for the moment and rest from trying to carry everything on your own shoulders. Don’t miss out on this fantastic offer. It really is true. Act now! You’ll be glad you did.
Spreading, Serving and Sharing With You,