Refreshing Work

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” MT 11.28-30

“Before you accept Jesus’ offer to find rest, read the invitation closely. Jesus does not invite worn-out people to take a nap. Nor does he suggest that if we will chant a one-time prayer, refreshment will be granted automatically. No; Jesus says to assume his yoke and learn from him. Jesus invites those who need rest to come work with him.” — Chris Brauns

A yoke suggests work.  Jesus yokes us to himself and invites us to join him in his work.  As we walk and work with him, he refreshes and reinvigorates us.

Question: How does Jesus refresh you in his work?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

    Hey bf,

    Great comments – I agree. We always gain more than we give when we work for Christ. That definitely includes serving others in ways like you mentioned. Though we can think of serving others as draining, the "fruit" that comes from it is truly refreshing.

    I agree, there is a sense of assurance that comes in serving Christ – not that our serving merits anything, but that often we sense Christ's pleasure in our obedience and work for him.

  • http://twitter.com/bfpower @bfpower

    Usually, I gain more from it than I give. For me, relationships are a big thing, and my ministries tend to be inevitably group things, like parenting, spouse-ing, working, leading (or following) in worship, leading a home group… There's relational fruit that comes from it that is really refreshing. There are other ways, too, but that one is big.

    The other way that is worth mentioning, at least for those of us who are a bit skeptical, is the personal assurance that really can't be described, but it's there sometimes. It just sort of happens at times, usually connected with submission to Christ.