Today we are going to put the emphasis on the word “laden” in our verse:

 

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 [NASB]

 

Are you laden today? Do you have a load on your plate, or on your back? Sometimes we carry a load that doesn’t belong to us. Maybe it is given to us by our family, our friends, our work colleagues or clients.

Read more: The Midweek Message - Laden

This week we are going to explore one verse from Matthew 11, where Jesus says:

 

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 [NASB]

 

Let’s work backwards through the verse. What does rest mean to you? Think back to last Sunday, the Sabbath day of rest. How restful was it for you? Were you feeling fully charged up and raring to go on the Monday morning? Perhaps not!

 

Sometimes we have the intention of rest on a Sunday - but the reality is rather different. Sunday has become a normal shopping day for many, even if the major stores are not open for 24 hours on a Sunday, it is always possible to order things online. We live in a world which is becoming more flexible and available with “convenience” trumping everything. Many of you may have to work on Sunday, as more and more jobs involve shift working and the luxury of being able to decline working on a Sunday is beyond us. How inconvenient that is.

Read more: The Midweek Message - REST

Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56b [NIV]

He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from Him at the very beginning of His sufferings. This is just one example of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; at best they are sheep, and they flee when the wolf comes near. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and took to their heels.

Read more: The Midweek Message - COWARDS MADE BRAVE

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. James 5: 13 – 15 [NIV]

 

Prayer is so often our last resort. When illness strikes, when problems arise, when decisions have to be made, we are ready with our plans and practical suggestions, but prayer is often near the bottom of our agenda.

Read more: The Midweek Message - Prayer

 

The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.

James 3: 5 – 6 [NIV]

 

It is so easy to speak before the brain is engaged. We have all done it: come out with a comment which is ill-thought out, tactless or cruel. And what has been said cannot easily be unsaid.

Read more: The Midweek Message - The tongue

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