Come to Me Sunday 28th October 2018

Last week I had the privilege of speaking briefly from what I believe is one of the most wonderful passages in Scripture. I want you to picture the scene. Jesus and his followers are surrounded by a crowd who are weighed down by the rules and regulations imposed upon them by their own leaders. Into this context, Jesus makes an amazing invitation. Matthew 11:28-30 records him saying; ‘“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”’
For a moment consider Jesus stood at his carpenters bench in Nazareth. There, utilising skills that had been passed down for generations, he carefully fashions a yoke. This is no one-size fits all model, rather it is specifically made to be laid across the shoulders of a particular pair of ox. With that in mind I remind you of what Paul writes to the church in Ephesus. That; we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’
Isn’t that glorious? We are not called to live according to over-bearing expectations of others, nor carry the same responsibility as everybody else. Rather, God calls us to do what he has purposed for us in the strength that he gives us.
Be encouraged then, to come to him. The one who remains humble and gentle at heart.
Every blessing, Gareth

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