Real Rest

 “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.” (Matt 11:28-30 The Message)

Jesus is unwrapping the concept of true rest for us here. Often when I think of rest, I imagine myself laying on the couch reading a magazine, or maybe watching TV or even just doing nothing. But Jesus’ picture of rest here is different. He paints an image of an ox in a field pulling a yoke. That doesn’t sound restful at all to me.

But our God knows us best. He formed us, and created us. He knows where our souls will be the most at peace. Jesus is describing how to really rest, to choose into His plan and serve Him. His grace is the most restful. He will not overwhelm you or give you the wrong assignment. When we choose into obedience and submission to Jesus there our heart can truly rest.

As you think about your day, think about all the things you have on your plate. Make a mental list of all the things you want to accomplish today. And then hand that list over to Jesus. Let Him be in control. Let Him place his yoke on you and choose into his assignment for you today.


Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife). Erika loves helping other people experience who they are in Christ and helping them pursue His plans for them. In her free time she loves playing with her five kids and painting.