There are different times within scripture where we witness God giving us an invitation. These invitations are simple and if accepted, there is a much bigger, broader reward for doing so. Just like an invitation here on Earth from an individual, the invitation does not have to be accepted as God does not force anything upon us. He is truly a gentleman and does not make us do anything. He does wait upon us as He is both faithful and patient.
A special invitation from our Savior is the invitation to Come Unto Him and Rest: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:29). Many of His children are truly tried and weary from work here on Earth and we need a rest. We labor and sometimes, many times, we need a place to rest our head and God lets us know that we can always come unto Him and He will allow us to rest.
It’s important to note that rest does not always mean sleep. Yes, that’s a big part of it but when we rest in God and His promises, we do not have to worry about things. When we rest in God, we let go of all the worries and the stress that this life brings to us. Trust me about worry, I know all too well about what stress and pressure do to a person and how it will wear you down and truly take you apart if you allow it to but with God, we do not have to let them get the best of us.
Remember, Jesus is referring to the heavy burdens that the Pharisees were given to the people and Jesus was offering them relief from these burdens. He lets them know “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). As we study scripture and this period of time, we find that the Pharisees added many rules and regulations that were considered to be, by their definition, as working on the Sabbath and by some count, as many as six hundred regulations and this will take a heavy toll on anyone involved.
What we must remember and this is significant for the church today is that no amount of laws can bridge the gap for believers. What gap am I speaking of? Well, as man, we have a sin nature and God is holy and is perfect and He was perfect while He walked this Earth. Therefore, the gap between our sinfulness and His holiness cannot be bridged by any law or any number of laws but the good news is that we do not have to worry about earning our way into Heaven. We cannot possibly do this but God gives us an invitation—a Heavenly invitation—and if we Come Unto Him, He will give us Heavenly rest for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.