Friday, September 23, 2011

Hebrews 12: 1-3

I'm just back from a three-week break in Scotland and the Orkneys. All of us need a break from the routine of life, and a chance to re-charge our batteries, otherwise we can become weary with the unceasing demands of home and work, and all the things that life throws at us.

There comes a time, for most of us, I’m sure, when we long for some freedom, rest and peace, so I'm relieved that the Bible recognises that we get weary, and invites us to do something about it.

Isaiah wrote: ‘He gives strength to the weary... even young men grow tired and weary... but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength... they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Jesus issued a similar invitation: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’

In the passage I suggest we read, the writer to the Hebrews gives a similar invitation, to think about Jesus, so that we will not lose heart and grow faint.

In Greek, this literally means ‘set your whole mind upon Him and be fully occupied with Him’.

This is an invitation we would be wise to accept each day, whether or not we need a holiday.