Rest from Labor

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Labor – it comes it various forms: the process of child birth; working hard, making great effort to accomplish a goal. We hear it as a sentence to the first man and woman in Eden, the result of their disobedience.

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children…” (Genesis 3:16, NIV)

“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life…  By the sweat of your brow  you will eat your food until you return to the ground…”(Genesis 3:17-19, NIV)

But there is also the divine invitation,

“Come to Me, all you 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.” (Matthew 11:28-29, NKJV)

And I think of the fact that sometimes what we labor for most is not tangible. Carries no physical substance. What we long and labor for is unconditional love, and acceptance, and belonging, and approval, and worthiness. To know that we matter and our life has meaning. Here the divine invitation again from the One who is our Rest and offers rest… and unconditional love, and acceptance, and belonging, and approval, and worthiness.

“Come to Me, all you 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.” (Matthew 11:28-29, NKJV).

This Labor Day will you accept His invitation? And if you have, pause to give thanks once more that all the love, acceptance, belonging, approval, and worthiness we long for is found in Him. Offered freely but purchased at an unimaginable cost.

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