Burdened or uplifted?

Week beginning: 7th May, 2017 | By Alan Taylor | Torquay

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

When Jesus says this to us he is not issuing a command. He is giving an invitation. But it is not an invitation alone. It is an invitation coupled with a promise. He wants us to respond willingly. There can be no force attached to putting our trust in him. We don't know where such a willing acceptance will lead throughout our lives; but that is the nature of faith. "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."- Hebrews 11 v 1 (NRSV)

So when we come to Jesus, we should expect to receive a blessing – a more modern word may be "uplift" – and that blessing can be carried forward into our professional work and recreation. What form does the blessing take? Sometimes it will provide peace and quiet as we commit our lives into the Lord's hands. At other times it will provide encouragement as we seek to obey him and to do his will. At yet other times we shall receive, through the Holy Spirit, the confidence to stand up for Jesus.

Let us rest in the knowledge that Jesus, through his death on the cross, has made it possible for us to be assured of salvation and to have eternal fellowship with him.

"Come to Jesus not because you must but because you may,
Come not to express an opinion, but to seek a presence and pray for a spirit"

(from D. T. Patterson's "Call to Worship. Book of Services" 4th ed. page 165)

Prayer points:

1. Bring the burdens of this week to the Lord and commit them into his hands, trusting in his sovereignty.

2. Pray for the work and ministry of our partners in East Africa: CLEAR Kenya, Lawyers of Hope (Rwanda), and The Uganda Lawyers' Christian Fraternity (UCLF).