Welcomed by God

Timothy Nelson

READ : Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary . . . and I will give you rest. (v. 28 NIV)

Have you ever been around someone who has a tough time being cared for or waited on? Maybe it is someone in your immediate family or maybe it’s you who becomes uncomfortable as others begin to serve you. I know I have a hard time being waited on. I usually start to squirm soon after entering a house where I am the guest. I begin by asking if there is anything I can do or any way I can help. The answer is inevitably no, but I don’t listen. Soon I am trying to help prepare food or clean up after a meal. More than once I have had a host tell me sternly (but with a smile) to “Sit down and relax!”

Wait a minute! Do nothing? Just relax?

Maybe there is more to our protesting than just trying to be polite. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is telling people there is nothing they can do to be saved. “For it is not by works,” we are told, that salvation comes. So then, how do we as stressed- out, performance-driven people relate to Christ? We follow the wisdom of Augustine, who tells us that our souls are weary until they rest in the Lord. And when Jesus says “Come to me,” we obey him.


Lord, we hold on so tightly to our lives and burdens—show us how to lay them at your feet as you welcome us into your arms.