Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost (7/27/2014)
Text: Matthew 11:28-30
Theme: The Christian Finds Rest in Jesus
The man looks in the mirror and he feels tired.
Those bags under his eyes, those aching joints, that sore back, they are nothing new. Every day seems to be just one more day he is forced to live through mild pain and discomfort. Even if he could sleep in (which he can’t), he doubts that he could ever get enough sleep – and so he’s tired.
That forehead that seems to be a little longer every week, those extra wrinkles around the eyes, that little extra stretch in the skin of his chest and stomach reminds him that his body isn’t going to last forever. He’s not as young as he used to be, but today is another day – another run on the treadmill of life. The world hasn’t slowed down, even though is body has. The list of responsibilities hasn’t been depleted, even though the energy of his youth has. The man thinks of everything he has to do today and he feels tired.
The man looks in the mirror and realizes that it’s not just the running on the treadmill of life that has him tired. There is so much more going on in his life contributing to those gray hairs and bloodshot eyes.
There’s that wife whom he knows deserves better from him. There’s those kids that need to be raised the “right” way – whatever that means in todays world. There are countless relationships, some that need nurturing, some that need healing, some that need to be ended. He thinks of all the people in his life and he feels tired – tired because life lived with other humans is an emotionally exhausting thing.
The man looks in the mirror and thinks to himself, “If it were only the physical and emotional that were weighing me down, maybe I would stand a chance.” But that’s not it. There’s more. Continue reading