Matthew 11:28-29New King James Version (NKJV)28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
I have seen this scripture before, but today was different. As I read God began to speak to me about it. He let me know, that the superficial means of getting rest are not always available and that there are times where you need to dig into our reservoir of deep, abiding, and eternal rest that comes from a relationship with Christ. But the next thing that stood out for me in the scripture was that it said rest for your "soul". In the greek "soul" is defined as t.he "seat of affections and will". It is also defined as "to breathe, blow" . There is a more precise definition for the greek word used for "soul" below:
psuché: breath, the soulShort Definition: the soul, life, self
Definition: (a) the vital breath, breath of life, (b) the human soul, (c) the soul as the seat of affections and will, (d) the self, (e) a human person, an individual.
The thing that is really encouraging me right now with this scripture is that Jesus says "Come to me". We have so many different things we turn to when we need to rest. I feel like Jesus is giving me a specific instruction to "Come to Him" when I'm overwhelmed. It's like if my dad was to say. " If you need money, don't go ask anybody else; come to me" . It's like Jesus is speaking directly to me here. I just keep hearing Him say "Come to Me" over and over again. I almost don't want to type anything else because this in it's simplicity is helping me so much right now. We put our relationship with Jesus off so much. Guilty of turning to so many other sources for our refreshment, and while some of those sources have a place in our lives; It cannot take the place of Jesus. Because while other things can offer a certain degree of rest for your body and such, those things will never offer rest for your soul. According to the definition above, you live out of your soul. That is where your individuality exists. It is where life flows out of, and the seat of affection. We definitely need to put Jesus in the "seat of our affections". If we want Jesus's life to flow out of us.........................Jesus states that where we need rest is in our souls. He doesn't want to give us a superficial, fleeting rest, He wants to give us rest where we breathe, where we live, where our affections dwell, in who we are. Who doesn't want that??