PAIN ….. January 31, 2021
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 ESV
There are many different types of pain, such as physical, emotional, mental, and psychological, but one thing is sure - pain is real! The experience of pain is a reality of life, yet it affects people differently. It can produce reactions such as tears, anger, fear, anxiety, confusion, fight or flight - just to mention a few. I know of no one in normal situations that would invite pain to be a part of their life, yet as difficult as this may sound …there are times when pain is necessary. For example, if you had cancer it might be necessary to have surgery or treatments. The pain caused by these procedures hopefully would end with healing. There is one type of pain that I did not mention… spiritual pain. This is pain that can’t be explained, for it affects every part of a person…. mind, body, and soul. This pain cannot be located, for it doesn’t reside in one place such as the head, hand, stomach, or foot, but rather in the whole of a person. Loneliness can be associated with spiritual pain. It is experienced during times best described as spiritual warfare. It can, during this time, cause a person to seek answers that can act as mental salves of sorts to deaden the pain. When a mental salve in thought is no longer effective, different ointments of thought are needed in the continual effort to deaden the pain. This is a continual cycle in the mind of some individuals because they never receive the needed healing. I teach and believe that Jesus is the great physician. He is not an ointment or salve, but He is the answer to the healing process of the whole person. It is sad when we continually attempt to treat ourselves when this illness absolutely requires Jesus, who is the great physician.
Come To Me:
This is an invitation from Jesus, and it is a universal invitation to all who are experiencing pain. I am not attempting to sugar coat pain as if Jesus will wave a magic wand and everything in your life will be a spiritual utopia. If I did, I would be lying, for the Bible teaches that in the world, as a believer, you will have difficulty. This invitation is an invitation to NOT walk alone and attempt to fix everything in your life on your own. In Matthew 11, we see a woman who had spent everything she had, attempting to be healed. She was looking for healing in all the wrong places. So it will be with a person who does not accept the invitation Jesus extends. They will spend their life looking for healing in all the wrong places.
All Who Labor And Are Heavy Laden:
Have you ever attempted to carry a load so heavy that after a short period of time, you simply could no longer do so? I believe this is true of anyone who attempts to meet all the righteous requirements of the law of God on their own. When a person grows tired of the load, he will start looking for an easier way. God will not relinquish his law, but he did do for us what we could never do on our own. He carries the load of his law upon himself through his Son. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4 ESV. That again is why we have the invitation from Jesus.
I Will Give Rest:
When you are fighting, you are not resting. Many times individuals will fight coming to the Lord if he does not fit in their box of understanding. So many are tired and simply worn out, yet they keep fighting and looking for a way to be their own healer. Rest is a very important part of physical life, as it is for the spiritual life. Without proper rest, a person can and will die. In the world today, I can think of nothing that is more needed for so many than spiritual rest in Jesus. Someone may observe a person who has worked hard all day and looks extremely tired. They will say to that person, “Go to bed.” When we lay upon our beds after much toil, it is because we are seeking rest. When we realize after all our efforts that we cannot meet the righteous requirement of the law, we need to rest in Jesus. He has already completed all the work needed in our lives to be made right before God. So when observing someone/yourself being Spiritually tired say… “Go to Jesus.”
This message is not to promote coasting through life as a believer and not working as a result of the mercy and grace received from Jesus in your life. When you come to Jesus, you come in faith, believing, and what you believe will determine how you live. He has called us to holiness, and his presence in us creates the holiness we could never produce on our own. Our lives should be lived not out of duty to God but in love for Him. When you realize how much you have been forgiven, you will love much. (Luke 7:47). If your Christian life has become just a set of rules, you may need to re-evaluate how you present the gospel to others. The good news is Jesus, not your ability as a person. It is only through Christ that you could ever live as we are called to live by God. (Philippians 4:13).
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David