COME TO ME by David Ord

COME TO ME

“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and My load is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

What did Jesus mean by “learn from me”? Why did He point to the fact that He was “gentle” and “humble in heart”?

Though Jesus was the Son of God, He freely confessed: “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself…I can do nothing on my own initiative.” He was humble in heart because He recognized that no human being can accomplish the will of God. God Himself must indwell a person and perform His will through the person as a vessel. It was the Father in Him who did the mighty works, and that is how it must be with us if we are ever to please Him. We must “learn of Him” – be indwelt as He was indwelt.

Jesus was also “gentle.” He refused to strive in His own strength. He was one with the Father, so that the Father’s life and power coursed through Him. “The Father is in me, and I in the Father,” He told His critics. “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” “My Father and I are one.” He did not “try” to do the will of His Father, He simply allowed Himself to be indwelt as a vessel so that the Father could manifest His life through Him. Though great work was accomplished, it was all from a state of spiritual rest.

This was the “rest” hinted at in creation week, in Israel’s weekly keeping of a Sabbath day, and in the rest of the earthly Promised Land. All of these Old Testament shadows pictured the time when Christ Jesus would come to this earth to demonstrate how God can live in human beings and fulfill His will in them without their own effort or striving.

Once we recognize that we can do nothing righteous of ourselves – that all our righteousness, before and after conversion, are like filthy rags – we are ready to allow Christ to live through us. “There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” Not a day, not a physical place on this earth, but a rest which comes from being yoked in union with Christ. The “fulfillment” of the Sabbath type:

“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested form his works, as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:10).

The external “ought to,” whether it be of the ten commandment law or of our own making according to our church tradition, shows us our inability to please God. It convicts us of failure and weakness. When we are about to drown, after we have wallowed in our own self-effort and failed miserably, we can finally cease from our own works and enter into rest in Christ.

This “rest” is not a rest of laziness. We have been set free from the law of “ought to,” but it is not a freedom to live as we please in the flesh. Rather, we have been joined – yoked – to Christ and “the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Not two, but one; just as Jesus and his Father were one, so that for Him to live was really the Father. And for us to live is Christ! When He indwells us, He lives His life of tremendous works through us. The proof of His oneness with the Father, He said, was the “works” that were being accomplished. If we are one with Him, He will live that same fruitful life through us today! Collectively, we will do even “greater” works that He did while on earth, because the He was limited to one human body, whereas now He lives in many.”

David Ord

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REST FOR RIGHT NOW

God promised the Children of Israel rest but most never entered in. Hebrews 4 tells us we may find ourselves in the same situation without faith. “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” If we find ourselves in an uproar and our peace drained away could it be we aren’t walking in faith? Maybe we “know” what the Bible says but we aren’t walking in it.

God has promised us rest also and tells us it is only found in Christ. The key to this rest is the word “Today.” We can only have it today for today we can’t look too far down the road in anticipation because God promised us “Today-right now- if you will hear his voice, and not harden your hearts.” After all the reason for a lack of rest is because we are failing to live in the moment isn’t it? God is an ever-present God and his rest is for “Right now.” When tomorrow comes he will provide the “Right now” rest we need but until then take a deep breath ahhhh, and rest in him.

Written by Louie

ENTERING INTO REST

  Most people don’t enjoy salvation in its fullness. I mean, if you have been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit you have been delivered from bondage. That is great, but are you also enjoying life in the Promised Land? The Children of Israel were delivered out of bondage in Egypt, but not all of them entered into the rest of the Promised Land. I’m afraid that is where most Christians are also. They have been forgiven of sins, delivered from bondage and yet they aren’t enjoying the rest God has for them. The following is an excerpt taken from Norman Grubb’s book “God Unlimited” in which he talks about this very thing. He said it so well I thought I would just let him do it, so here it is, enjoy!

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“Israel had a savior, indeed two saviors: one brought them out of the land of their bondage, and the other into their land of promise: Moses and Joshua. A greater than these is our Savior; but we had better be sure that we have experienced the benefits of His salvation, as they did of theirs.” At least, they all did of Moses, but much fewer of Joshua. They all came out triumphantly enough from under Pharaoh’s yoke: “they were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea”. That is what we would call a regenerating experience, separated from the world, justified by the blood, dead and risen with Christ. But then trouble began. Through ignorance and willfulness they allowed civil war to rage in their hearts. On the one hand they had the bread from heaven and the water from the rock, which Paul said was Christ to them. On the other, they were constantly racked by fear, unbelief, resentment, murmuring, and even hankerings after the old life in Egypt. They did not know the secret of victory, as Moses did. They had an undiscovered self-life, which God had exposed and dealt with in Moses long before, in the backside of the desert. They foolishly thought that they could be true to God in their own strength; they even replied to God, when He told them how gracious He would be to them if they obeyed Him, “All that the Lord hath spoken we will do”. What abysmal self-deception! And all their miserable failures did not open their eyes. So they never entered that land of promise, land of corn and wine, with rest from their enemies. They never made real in their experience the fullness of the blessing which was theirs from the time they joined themselves to Moses, if they had only gone through with him in faith. They died, in the wilderness, not damned souls, but defeated Christians, as we would say.

What about us? The writer asks. We have gone through in faith with our Moses to separation, justification, regeneration, which in fact means death and resurrection with Christ. But then we have landed where the Israelites did in “the waste and howling wilderness” of trial, assaults from the enemy, dryness of soul, good resolutions which we fail to keep. We too have had to learn the hard way that self-effort, though it is the new self, can’t keep the commands of God or live the victorious life. Have we learned this? Or do we continue rebellious, resentful, unbroken, like the children of Israel? Do we die in the wilderness, as they, instead of reaching the Promised Land?

Extended quote taken from “God Unlimited” by Norman Grubb