“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The Great Invitation

(Please read Matthew 11:28-30)

March 17

Doesn’t it touch your heart to read these verses? Even though Jesus addressed those “who are weary and burdened” (NIV), we know his invitation is for all people. For all people at some time or times in their lives are tired or are troubled by the common sorrows and calamities that befall the human race. To some extent we all bear the burden of sin, sickness and sorrow, undesirable but inherent in the human condition.

So Christ invites all people, and the Great Invitation provides three reasons for us to come to him: He will give us rest from our burdens. We will find rest for our souls. He is meek and lowly in heart, thus is ready and able to provide sympathy and understanding to alleviate our stress and unhappiness.

The invitation is conditional only in that we have to come to him and we must take his “yoke” upon us and learn of him. A literal yoke was a device for carrying loads, and Christ’s yoke is exactly that. It is an “easy” and “light” burden that makes all other burdens bearable. Without Christ, the burdens of calamity and misfortune and so on will surely crush a person, but under the yoke of Christ we can carry whatever loads we face.

What a tender invitation! What a wonderful Savior! If you know the words to “Softly and Tenderly,” now is a good time to sing them, at least in your heart –- and a good time to give thanks for divine help in carrying the burdens of life.

Have a great day in Christ!

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