Matthew 11:25–30 (ESV)
Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;
26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I love this text in that it shows us another passage that puts God in control of our faith instead of ourselves. Many will look at this passage and say that you must take the first step. Jesus says “Come to me, all who labor
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” So… we must come to him. But to better understand this passage… who made the first move? Let’s back up to the verse before that says “27 All things have been handed over to me by
my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Especially the part “anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” What this means is that you could never
take the step to “come to me” if Jesus had not chosen you. This is further supported by John’s Gospel 15:16: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your
fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” We do not choose Jesus, He chooses you. This is further explained in Ephesians 1:3–6 (ESV)
“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” We were chosen before we were born. In fact, we were chosen before the creation of the world. The joy is that Jesus
“will give you rest” and “you will find rest for your souls.”
I pray: O Lord, You chose me, you made the first move and I responded. Help me to always follow you and trust you… and forgive me when I don’t. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Amen.