The Invitation

Perhaps no words in the great Master's teachings have rung through the Christian churches during the intervening centuries with greater appeal to men than those found in the eleventh chapter of Matthew: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden. ... For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Throughout Jesus' ministry may be found example after example of his loving, tireless service for others, exemplifying the sincerity of his appeal to his followers: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

What is it that burdens one, and from which one seeks rest? Is it not belief in a mind apart from God, in the feeling of personal responsibility for one's own welfare and the welfare of others? What rest unspeakable when the burdened heart turns in childlike humility and teachableness to the Christ, Truth, with the desire to lay aside human plans and anxieties, and "learn of me," seeking the guidance of the Christ, and learning of God's plan and purpose, which always leads the persevering seeker gently away from darkness, doubt, and the depressing sense of failure into confidence, peace, and success!

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