March 17, 2010

Invitation To Intimacy

Written by Boyd Bailey

Invitation To Intimacy… “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Christ invites you to come to Him. Come to Him for care and compassion. Come to Him for understanding and acceptance. Come to Him for love and forgiveness. Come to Him for wisdom and discernment. Come to Him for energy and encouragement. Come to Him for confession and repentance. Come to Him for faith and patience. Come to Him for rest.

His invitation for intimacy is perpetual. You do not use up your allotted time and then move on to endure alone. You can engage with His eternal resources weekly, daily, hourly, and even moment-by-moment. Our Lord is a resource that never lacks resources. Do you RSVP to your invitation for intimacy, or do you later regret sending your regrets?

His revelation comes to those who choose to rest and reflect on Him. Jesus said, “No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27b). So, sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and He will direct you in the way to go. Busyness tends to blur our course, but quietness before Christ brings clarity.

Job in humble dependence on the Lord said, “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong” (Job 6:24). David said, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2). The Lord leads us to quietness.

What is Christ attempting to communicate, but in your hurriedness you can’t hear? Is rest a part of your routine? Do you take the time to listen to the Lord, or has He increased His interest from an invitation to insisting. Sometimes He uses sickness or injury to get our attention. When we are on our backs we have to look up and see that Jesus offers rest.

Because the Son is intimate with His Father, He offers intimacy to you. You learn of Him when you long to love Him and know Him. There are no shortcuts with your Savior. He is the journey and the destination. Are you weary and worn out? If so, it is in your fatigue that He wants your faith to flourish. Be still, listen and let Him love you and revive you.

“But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2).

What is Christ’s invitation for me? Am I rested and resolved to walk in the Spirit?

Related Readings: Isaiah 30:15; Isaiah 32:17; Luke 23:56; Hebrews 4:1-3

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