Restful Increase reminds me of Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus’ call to people who are tired of trying to please God with their own works. Jesus said, “I will give you rest”.
The world teaches us that success comes with hard work. Heard of this? No Pain No Gain.
As a young Christian, I was taught to attend Sunday service and Tuesday prayer meetings faithfully, tithe regularly, read the bible and pray every day, and evangelize to friends and family.
When I started faltering, I felt guilty. I felt I did not deserve blessings from God because I am such a weak Christian.
Yet, Jesus said,
28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 WEB
Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Let us take Him at His word and do not burden ourselves unnecessarily with our own ideas of what serving Jesus mean.
Let us come to Jesus and rest. The more we rest in Jesus, the bigger the increase.
Lyrics for Restful Increase
Words & music by Aaron Tabensky, Sean Goh. Copyright 2010 New Creation Church, Singapore
No longer striving, no longer stressed In You, my Jesus, I've found my rest No longer toiling, hard labour ceased For You've assured me Restful increase Your open arms held nothing back Your life for mine You overpaid my debt Free in Your love I have found my rest Your heart's delight Is to see me blessed You've given me peace all around Now I'm enjoying This grace I've found Health in my body, joy in my soul Jesus, my future is filled with hope
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Let me meditate on this verse.
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