Matthew 11:28-30 quoted below, my initial thoughts were to write with an emphasis on “rest.” After pondering the verses, the phrase “…learn of me…” seemed to be where God was leading me.
As a Pastor, there are times when I wonder, “Have I taught enough in my Preaching? Have I relayed enough information that those listening are learning about Jesus and His Father?” Considering the stories and parables of the Bible, I find though Jesus spoke to the multitudes, many did not learn of Him.
It is sad to think we have people attending Church on a regular basis, who have, (per their testimony) accepted Jesus the Christ as their personal Saviour, yet have no substantial knowledge of Him. We know to be accepted by God doesn’t take a Biblical degree. We know with a small knowledge Salvation does happen.
God tells us through Paul, that if we will just believe God has raised Jesus from the grave, and if we will confess that belief to others (as the woman at the well did) God will save us. The unfortunate thing about this is most stop with just a bit more knowledge, and are surprised when told that Jesus the Christ is God.
(We as Americans are appalled at the thought of arranged marriages, where a man and woman are married for life without a lot of knowledge about each other. Yet, as a Bride of Christ, many Christians have no more knowledge of Jesus the Christ than this bride has of her arranged husband.)
We as Christians need more knowledge of Him. We need to grow in our knowledge. Jesus said “…learn of me…” which is understood as a commandment.
So where is our love for Him? Many claim Jesus as their personal Saviour by their saying a prayer, by their Baptism, or choosing other things which define their Salvation. Yet, they know nothing of the Man Christ who died on the Cross for their souls. They no longer go to Church, (may never have started.) They never read their King James Bible, nor do they attend any Sunday School. So, where is their love for Him? Where is their learning of Him?
If you have claimed Jesus and know very little about Him, this Sunday purpose in your heart to go to a Church that teaches Jesus, and shows the way to follow His commandments.
Bro. John R. E Chastain