“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Great Invitation
(Please read Matthew 11:28-30)
Some people might feel that they are not included in the invitation in our text, since they “have it made” and are neither laboring nor “heavy laden.” But the burdens of sickness, sin, sorrow, death and doubt are part of the human condition, common to all. So Christ’s invitation is to all people.
With the invitation is the promise of rest for our souls. The world provides no such rest from the weariness and sorrows of life, but the Lord invites us to cast our cares on him because he cares for us (see 1 Peter 5:7).
He also calls us to service – “Take my yoke upon you.” The invitation is not without conditions; Christ has work for his disciples. But he promises, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” At the time of this invitation – and to this day in some parts of the world – yokes were devices which made it possible for individuals to carry much more than they could otherwise handle.
Those yokes, usually made of wood, are rather heavy even before being loaded. In contrast, Christ’s yoke of love fits easily. Under it we can carry our load of service and whatever troubles and sorrows may come upon us.
The invitation includes one other condition: “Learn of me.” Learning of Christ, and using that knowledge properly, is vitally important. Then we can cheerfully obey his commandments and bask in the blessed hope of eternal life.
If you haven’t yet responded to the Great Invitation, may the Lord help you to learn more of him and what he calls on you to do.