Finding rest for your soul – Part 1
Text: Matthew 11:28-30.
Let me begin this message by wishing you all “A Happy Workers Day,” a day we would have celebrated on May 1, 2020 but for the Coronavirus Pandemic ravaging our world. While I know that many of us have been off work for weeks if not months for some, let us specially appreciate a class of workers who are still working if not working more at such a critical time as this. I mean our frontline health workers, security officials and others who had to work while others were on lockdown. May the Lord keep you safe and reward you abundantly. While many of us look forward to going back to work within the limit of the relaxed rules from the government, I pray for you all that in the midst of looking for what you shall eat, you shall not come across what will eat you or terminate your life. Amen. Today, there is no doubt there are many things troubling us.
While many of us have taken time to rest our bodies during the initial shut down and the five weeks lockdown that followed, one fact we must admit is that though our bodies rested, but many minds/souls did not rest. This is true because a bodily rest does not automatically translate unto soul or mind rest. That is why the Lord is speaking to you today on how to find rest for your soul. May there be rest for your soul. Amen.
(A) Soul Rest: A Reality
The first thing the Lord wants me to make you realise is that your soul can be at rest. No doubt, man is a tripartite being comprising body, spirit and soul. Today, there are many people whose souls are not at rest. No doubt, there are four basic spiritual problems of man. These are loneliness, guilt, fear, and a deepseated feeling of insecurity. Even as the lockdown is relaxed, many souls are already scared about the possibility of contacting the virus, as they seek their daily bread. Without any doubt, many souls are not at peace or are not at rest.
The secret of rest for the soul was made known to us through Jesus as He spoke to those who were present in His day. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus called out men and women of His days who laboured, who were weary and heaven laden. To be weary from the Greek word “kopiáō” means “to feel fatigue, tired, exhausted” or to have something bothering you, making your mind not to be at peace. The Greek word for heavy laden is “phortízō” to load up as a vessel or animal or to overburden with anxiety. He made a powerful promise to give such people rest. Let me state that the rest you need for your soul can be found in Jesus and in Jesus alone.
But in verse 29, he added, “take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your soul. May you find rest for your soul, especially at such a difficult time as this. Amen.
Rev. Dr Israel Kristilere, Shepherdhill Baptist Church, (Sanctuary of Grace & Glory)
Baptist Academy Compound, Obanikoro, Lagos.