Boldly Walking: Come to Me

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill4 Minutes

I’m Kim Crabill and I’m so delighted to see you today. Many times people ask me, “Kim, what is a Scripture that you love? What is something that you hold onto?” One of the Scriptures that mean the most to me because God used it to come to my rescue was Matthew 11:28. It’s Jesus speaking. He says, “Come to Me you who are burdened and weary and I will give you rest.”

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I love this Scripture because I know what burdened looks like. How about you? I know what weary is like. I know that feeling. I know that heaviness. But this Scripture is an invitation from Jesus that says, “Don’t bring me all the things that are perfect in your life. Don’t think that you have to be polished and performing in the right way.” He’s saying, “Bring to me those hurts, those pains, the brokenness.” Because He promises something. He says, “I will give you rest.”

For a long time I thought rest meant just a reprieve from the worry. Being able to shut down and stop everything. But friends, there’s so much more. When you go into the Greek and really understand this, there is a hidden message in there that I want you to know. This is it. Jesus is saying, “Come to Me and bring Me your burdens. I will give you rest.” Here, “rest” means “reversal.” In Greek, “burden” means “a task in waiting.”

What Jesus is asking us is the things that we have tucked in our heart, the things that are hurting us, the things that are condemning us, the things that are holding us back, “Will you please bring those to me? Because I want to reverse them.” In other words, “I want your thinking to be different about them. I want your walk to be different. I want everything about you to be different” because that reversal is taking you back to the burden.

Think about this friends. Those things that you have shut down in your heart. Those things that are condemning you. Those things that are bringing shame, guilt, and regret into your life. God is saying, “Will you please bring them to Me? Will you trust Me? Will you allow Me to work with them?” He is promising us that He will bring a great purpose from the greatest of pains in our lives.

I know that to be true in my life. And I want it to be true in your life. No more shame. Use all of your past for the service of God and to help all those around you.

I hope that you will go read Matthew 11:28. Let God speak to you about this. Let Him tell you – give you this personal invitation. And I hope that you’ll say “yes,” because it will be the first day of the rest of your life.

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