taking the words of Jesus seriously

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” All around me, I see people who are weary. They are weary with the details of life, all the many odds and ends that have to be cared for in everyday life. I meet Christians who are weary in trying to help people who don’t want to be helped, and are weary of caring for people who wear one down with increasing demands.

There are people in every church who wear down other church people who grow tired of being good and responsible all the time. Go to the Scripture and you will find in Mark 6 that Jesus grew weary and wanted to go to the other side of the lake in a boat simply to get away from the press that people exercised on Him.

Jesus grew tired.

In Isaiah 40:41, it tells us that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  Please note that verse in detail.  It says that those who wait upon the Lord shall mount up like eagles and fly, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Do you note the process here?

We all start off flying like eagles when it comes to doing the work of the Kingdom.  But there is a point at which we slow down a bit, but we are still running like deer, but all of us come to that point where we are just about making it.  We are walking along and hoping that we don’t faint.  But the scripture is clear when it says that if we wait upon the Lord we shall be renewed.

How many of us spend time each day waiting on the Lord?  How many of us take time during the day to go to a quiet place and center down in Jesus, asking Him for nothing, but simply surrendering to His presence?  How many of us, in quietude and in stillness, surrendered to an invasion of the Spirit, which can renew and revitalize to others and to the Kingdom?

It should be noted that the next verse after Isaiah 40:41 tells us that in quietude and in stillness, He will come into us.  Even in our praying there are too many words.  No wonder the scripture says, “Be still.”  There is a place for stillness and quietude wherein we can surrender to a Spirit that is waiting to invade us and vibrate through every nerve and sinew of our being.  “They that wait upon the Lord shall be renewed.”

The Bible says it, and I believe it.

About The Author

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https://www.redletterchristians.org

Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, and organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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