Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Abide in Christ: And You Shall Find Rest to Your Souls - Andrew Murray

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)

Rest for the soul: Such was the first promise with which the Saviour sought to win the heavy-laden sinner. . .

First the Saviour says, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest” . . . and so the Saviour repeats His promise, in words which clearly speak not so much of the initial rest with which He welcomes the weary one who comes, but of the deeper and personally appropriated rest of the soul that abides with Him. . . .

Entire surrender to Jesus is the secret of perfect rest. . . . the rest is in Christ, and not something He gives apart from Himself, and so it is only in having Him that the rest really be kept and enjoyed. . . .

The yoke gives the rest,
because the moment the soul yields itself to obey, the Lord Himself gives the strength and joy to do it. . . . These two, consecration and faith, are the essential elements of the Christian life – the giving up all to Jesus, the receiving all from Jesus. They are implied in each other; they are united in the one word – surrender. A full surrender is to obey as well as to trust, to trust as well as to obey. . . .

It is His own work to keep us abiding when we yield ourselves to Him, that we shall venture to cast ourselves into the arms of His love, and abandon ourselves to His blessed keeping. It is not the yoke, but resistance to the yoke, that makes the difficulty; the whole-hearted surrender to Jesus, as at once our Master and our Keeper, finds and secures the rest. . . .

The power and perseverance to abide in the rest, and the blessing in abiding – it belongs to the Saviour to see to this; ‘tis mine to obey, ‘tis His to provide. . . . Abiding in Jesus is nothing but the giving up of oneself to be ruled and taught and led, and so resting in the arms of Everlasting Love.
from "Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Fellowship with the Son of God" by Andrew Murray

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