Teenside Daily Devotional

Read Matthew 11:25-30.

Jesus’ message cannot be understood by those that are “wise” by the world’s standards. Receiving the Good News requires humility and full faith that Jesus is who he says he is. This is what his prayer meant. God was revealing His Gospel to those that were ready to receive it, those that are like “little children” while the “wise and understanding”, who were boasting in their own glory, could not receive it.

We again see that God has handed all authority down to Jesus himself. The relationship between the Father and the Son is intimate, only they can truly know each other unless Jesus chooses to reveal himself.

I don’t always seek rest when it comes to my relationship with Jesus, but he offers it nonetheless. I become so busy trying to do good work that I tire myself out and the quality of my work falters. However, we need to understand that rest is important. And while rest now sounds pretty great, the greatest thing Jesus can offer is eternal rest with him in Heaven. This world will constantly give us things to worry about and work on, but do not forget what we have to look forward to as followers of Christ: eternity with Him!

*Take a moment to journal these questions. Write down your thoughts, questions, and concerns. Then date your entry. One of the coolest things is being able to look back and see how God came through for you.*

  1. What does it mean to be “wise” by the world’s standards? What do you need to do in order to demonstrate the kind of humility mentioned that is ready to receive Jesus’ words?

  1. Verses 28-30 contain a promise. Read those verses again. What is the promise? What do we have to do in order to find rest? 

  1. As a society we truly struggle with this idea of rest (but so did the people of Jesus’s day). While they made rules about rest (how many steps they could take on the sabbath, what activities were and were not acceptable), we ignore rest all together (qualifying a T.V. show between activities or going out with our friends as rest). What about Jesus’s definition of rest? I think it rests somewhere in the middle of these two thought processes. It can be done at any time and does not require a set of rules but it is also very intentional. I think Mary had the right idea when it came to rest. 

Read Luke 10:38-42

We tend to look at Martha as the bad guy in this story… but in reality, she is trying to serve Jesus the best way she knows how. I do not think that Jesus is calling out her actions, but rather, He is trying to show her rest. Where do you need to let God give you rest? What do you need to stop (and replace with time at Jesus’s feet) in order to receive rest?

Prayer: Spend some time praying about the things you journaled. Thank God for the rest He gives and the simplicity of the gospel. Ask that He would show you what you need to stop in order to receive the rest in your soul. Declare that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Everything you give to Him, He can take. He wants peace for your life.

Song: Rest in You– All Sons & Daughters

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