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No Rest Without Work

by Reagan McClenny

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Scripture: Mt 11:28-30 Mar 31, 2024

This sermon discusses the biblical perspective on work, emphasizing that true rest can only be found through hard work and yielding to Christ's "easy yoke." It highlights that work was part of God's original design for humanity, and even in eternal paradise, we will continue to serve God. The key points are that work should be done with a willing heart for God, with the goal of providing for others, and maintaining a focused, consistent effort while keeping the eternal perspective in mind.

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It's so good to see you tonight. If you have your Bible with you, would you take it out, please, and turn to the book of Matthew. Matthew chapter 11. That's where we will be here in just a moment. It's been a good day for me. I hope it has been for you as well.

This evening, I present you with a choice. Two doors. Behind door number one, a life of ease where your needs are always taken care of. You can involve yourself in various leisurely pursuits. Your time is your own. And you will never want for anything guaranteed. However, you may not work, and you may not be able to give to others because of that.

Door number two,

a life of hard work where your needs are always taken care of. You may occasionally, but rarely, involve yourself in leisurely pursuits, but the majority of your time is taken up by work that must be done. However, you will usually have a little to give to others as their needs arise. Which door? Are you choosing?

Now? It might be a little bit more difficult depending on your age and circumstances. So let me ask two other questions and here's what I want you to do. Uh, can you gimme a one or a two? A one or a two? So door number one, life of leisure door number two, life of work, leisure work. Okay. Now let me ask these two questions before you answer that.

Which door would you choose for your children? Grandchildren or the children in this congregation when they become adults, which door would you choose?

And the most important question of all, if it were left up to God, which door would God choose for you, number one or number two. May I suggest this evening that in a culture that is really consumed with entertainment and leisure and those things are not bad things in and of themselves by any means. May I suggest that the Bible tells us that there is no rest without work.

That rest is, in many ways, the highest ideal for who we are and who we are going to become, both in this life and the life to come. And yet that rest is not possible without work. If you're there in Matthew chapter 11 and verse 28, May I suggest that instead of escape from work, what Jesus offers us is equipment to work well.

Instead of escape from work, He offers us equipment. So that we might work well. He provides us the outlook and attitude necessary to make our work, whatever it is, profitable and fulfilling. And this is most clearly seen, perhaps in all the Bible, in Matthew chapter 11, beginning in verse 28. Will you listen carefully to these verses?

Come to me, Jesus says, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Now without knowing the rest of these verses to the end of the chapter, You hear that. Somebody who is worn out, somebody who is heavy laden, somebody who's working and working and working. Uh, those were some great songs that Barrett left us, but maybe sometimes that's the way we feel.

Toiling on and on and on, toiling on and on and on. So what is it that Jesus offers for rest? Verse 29. 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 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light Jesus says that he puts a yoke on us and my question this evening is what are the implications of that?

Jesus calls it an easy yoke. Yes, but what are the implications? of jesus's Easy yoke. It is a yoke nonetheless. Now, well, I think most of us in here, even if we didn't, you know, grow up around yokes, and let's be honest, most of us didn't, we understand what a yoke is. It is something made of wood or leather, sometimes both, that goes over a couple of draft animals so that they might pull something, generally a plow, but it could be other things like a wagon, and so it is a device, an instrument, equipment.

That is used for work by a team of horses, or oxen, or mules, or whatever the case might be, might be. In the Bible, this idea of a yoke is sometimes used literally. We see literal yokes and literal farmers in the Bible, but it's also sometimes used metaphorically. for being a servant of someone, or even being a slave.

And my question is, as Jesus talks about rest, why would he use this metaphor? And what should we get from it? And there are a couple of ways that we can make application, and we have to be careful not to stretch a metaphor too far, and so I'm going to try and build the implications and applications that we make tonight from other texts that we see in our Bibles.

While we can make application, certainly, to spiritual work, and I've preached that sermon a couple of times in different ways, what I'd like to do this evening is make application to this easy yoke that Jesus offers to our actual physical work this evening. So what does a yoke imply about human beings?

and what Jesus gives us in order to find us rest. Well, a yoke implies several things. First of all, a yoke implies hard work. Who in here has ever heard the saying, um, if you love what you do or if you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life. Raise your hand if you've ever heard that saying before.

If you love what you do or you, you do what you love, choose something you really love to do, because if you can do that, you'll never work a day. Is that true? It hadn't been true in my experience. I'll put it this way. I am incredibly blessed that I have been able to do, um, something that I absolutely love to do with the work that I do in my life.

Um, I enjoy, I enjoy being an evangelist. I, I enjoy being a teacher. I enjoy preaching. I enjoy getting opportunities to study both on my own and with other people. I enjoy helping others. I love what I do. And I know I'm blessed. I know not everybody has that opportunity. But let me tell you, loved ones, there are days when it is still work.

There are days, sometimes even weeks, where it's difficult. And it's hard. And there are things that I do not want to do. Because that is the reality of work. Even if it is something that we love, even if it is something that is fulfilling, sometimes it is going to be hard. And sometimes there are going to be frustrations.

And especially for the young people in the audience, I want you to recalibrate your thinking on this. I'm afraid sometimes I see people, in my experience, who seemingly are jumping from job to job because it's like, well this, this can't be the right thing for me because it's hard and it's tough and sometimes it's difficult.

But even things that we love, even things that are fulfilling sometimes, are work. And that's not just okay, um, that's, that's just reality. And certainly that's reality in, um, in the world in which we live. The reality of work in this fallen world, uh, is that there are going to be frustrations, even in fulfilling work.

I want you to turn back to Genesis chapter 3 if you would, Genesis chapter 3. We'll look at a few verses in Genesis here at the beginning of our lesson. But if you turn to Genesis chapter 3, after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, and there are curses that are placed on the serpent, And on the woman, there are also promises that are made as to God's redemption of mankind.

But I want you to notice verses 17 through 19 with the curse that is given to Adam. Then to Adam God said, Because you have heeded the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it. He ate of the banana, as Harold said this morning. Cursed is the ground for your sake.

'In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground. For out of it you were taken, for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.

Here is a truth. As long as this world continues, until we are allowed to go back and be with God eternally, there is a frustration to work because of sin. For In the garden work was totally fulfilling, but now thorns and thistles, he says, keep us from accomplishing everything that we would like to do in our work.

And, and thorns and thistles, again, aren't just literal thorns and thistles. It seems the implication is that there were no weeds, uh, before this point. Um, and that makes some sense, doesn't it? If you've ever had to weed your flower bed, uh, how great would it be to never have any weeds that are growing?

But we know that there's more than just the literal thorns and thistles. There are frustrations that come into our life. Metaphorically, anything that adds frustration, failing, and generally keeps us from getting total fulfillment out of our work could be referred to as a thorn and thistle, a fulfillment of this curse that is placed upon mankind.

The reality is we may do everything just right. We don't get the promotion. We get laid off. Months of work is rendered useless by somebody up the chain of command. Our co workers constantly stir up drama. Or maybe the work that we do just isn't that enjoyable. Whatever the case might be. And the writer of Ecclesiastes addressed this a great deal.

We won't look at all of the various verses that are found in that book. But he makes clear that there is a vanity to life, and specifically a vanity to work under the sun, here on the earth. And so he says, you know, work hard, Do good with your work, but know that work is vanity. And he had the right perspective because our work is under a curse.

But it wasn't always that way. And a yoke implies not just that there is going to be, going to be hard work involved. A yoke implies simple efficiency, doesn't it? This yoke, this design has been there for thousands of years, and for thousands of years, It's worked, and it's worked well. It has fulfilled its purpose.

And so too with us. A yoke, it doesn't, isn't just work, it does work. It works well. And we as human beings, we were designed to do what? Lots of things. To praise God, to have relationship with Him. But we were designed to work. Why don't you look back to Genesis chapter 1? Look there in Genesis chapter 1,

after man is created, In verse 31, it says, then God saw everything that he had made. And indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day, thus the heavens and the earth and all the hosts of them were finished. And on the seventh day, God ended his work, which he had done. And he rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had done.

What was God doing when he was creating the universe? He was working. And the word for work that is used here is just the, the word for ordinary human work. It's not some special work. Well, it was special work that God was doing. But we see that the biblical account just refers to it as work. Just like work that you and I do.

And certainly God's work is far above ours, but they are both work. And as we are made in His image, we too are workers. Um, in Genesis chapter 1, it describes plants and animals and how they go through the things that they do. In verse 28, God blessed them and God said, Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, have dominion.

Over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. God, God gave mankind a job. Not just stages to go through, but, but work to do. And it's specifically, if we look in, in chapter 2 and verse 15, Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden, to what?

To tend it. Maybe your translation says, maybe it says cultivate it and keep it. Some translations actually say to work it, to work the ground. That is what Adam was given to do. And yes, he gives names to the animals and all those other things, but God gives man work to do and a helper to do it with, and ultimately it is very, without sin, In the garden, with God, man was created to work.

Now I want you to fast forward all the way to the end of the Bible. So turn to the last book of the Bible, Revelation. And the 22nd chapter of the book of Revelation.

In the eternal paradise of heaven, where there is genuine and true rest for all eternity, without frustration, without thorns and thistles, What is it that we will be doing? Well, read beginning in verse 1 of chapter 22. And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In the middle of its streets and on either side of the river was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse. So the curse is gone. The curse against woman, The curse against man, the curse against Satan has been fulfilled because Jesus crushed his head.

So there is no more curse. You see that? Am I beating the dead horse on that? There is no more curse. But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall lay around doing nothing. No. His servants shall serve.

Why? Because what does a servant do?

We were created to do this, and we fulfill our purpose when we do. Work is found before sin. And after sin is defeated, and that should inform our outlook toward work. It is essential to who we are. And we will never be completely fulfilled without working in one way or another. Even in comparison to something as important as marriage, work was there before marriage, and it will endure after the time of marrying and giving in marriage is over.

We aren't just supposed to work, we need work. Just like we need people to work beside us, helpers. Like Adam needed Eve. And so a yoke implies hard work and simple efficiency, but it also implies to us, now you see here, I went through a ton, I went through a ton of pictures. Uh, and I was amazed at how many modern pictures there were of, of yokes.

This yoke still works after all of these years. That's that simple efficiency of fulfilling its purpose. But also, you know what all of these pictures had? Um, I'm sure you can find one that's different. But when you have a yoke, how many animals almost always do you have? Two. And so a yoke implies close community.

It implies that there are others who are working beside us. It's called a team of oxen, right? And Jesus motivates all of us to work beside and to work for other people. Jesus entire life was for others, and that, of course, inspired Paul and others. If you turn to Acts chapter 20, we see the Apostle Paul.

Boy, he worked a lot, didn't he? Amen. And all of this going through the book of Acts, it's amazing to me that he did all of the things that he did in traveling. Uh, in preaching the gospel, and yet in most of the places where he went, not all, but most of the places where he went, he also worked. He worked as a tent maker, selling his wares.

And in Acts chapter 20, beginning in verse 33, notice, Paul says, I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel, verse 34. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way by laboring like this that you must support the weak.

And remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Now it can be blessed to receive. We all know that. But it is more blessed to be in a position where you are able to give to others. What motivates us to work? Lots of things. But one of the biggest things that should motivate us to work is that we want to have something that we might give to others, that we are working on others behalf.

Uh, there are a number of examples of this that, that come to my mind. My grandfather was a farmer, uh, and a preacher, um, And I think about how he worked to provide for others. Um, but one of the best examples, one of the best attitudes toward work that I've ever seen is from a friend of mine who, who lived in Texarkana.

He's retired now, but for 35 years, he built this. at the Cooper Tire Plant there in Texarkana. And maybe some of us might look at that as an unfulfilling job, but that's never the way he looked at it. He would drive down the road, and one of the things he loved to do when they'd go on a trip or something is to see all of the Cooper tires.

And especially if he saw a model that he built, he'd say, I built that. I'm helping keep that family safe because I did a good job building that. He had an influence on coworkers and brought many of them closer to Christ because of the way that he lived. And, and what with the ups and downs of the economy could often be, um, a very tense work environment.

He was always striving, striving to, to shine the light of Christ when he did, when he did his work, he provided a good living for his family. He could come home and be the father and husband he was supposed to be. And my question is. Is that unfulfilling work? Just the opposite. Now, if you went to work every day building tires and it was all about you and yourself and what you liked and what you wanted to do, it might could become unfulfilling.

But not for him. Because he found fulfillment in the work he did because it wasn't about him. It was about what he could do to serve and bless others through the work that he did. Like Jesus, we should see that our work isn't all about ourselves. It should be, how can I bless and benefit others rather than just myself?

We work so that we might be able to give to other people. We see this, of course, even with the Apostle Paul in chapter 18 and verse 3. So because he was of the same trade as Aquila and Priscilla, he stayed with them and worked. For by occupation, they, the three of them, were all tentmakers. And Paul was willing to do that.

He used that skill that he had as a way to teach, to be an example, And to support himself in preaching the gospel and to not be a burden to other people. Remember what the Lord said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. And that teaches us that we are supposed to support the weak, that we work so that we have something to give to those who have need.

And we even give through our work. And that's what was so appalling about the brethren in Thessalonica that we talked about last week. Turn to 2 Thessalonians chapter 3. They weren't working so others would give to them. Instead of working so that they would have something to give to others. Let me be explicit.

Secular work is not beneath the Christian. It is not somehow unworthy of our time compared to more spiritual endeavors. In fact, secular work is one of the ways that we fulfill many of our God given purposes. And it was in this context of Christians who had essentially quit their jobs and were just sitting around being spiritual, Waiting for the Lord to come, that Paul says what he does in 2 Thessalonians 3, verses 6 13.

And to many religions around the world, to many who wear the name of Christ, there could be nothing more spiritual than to quit your job and just wait around for the Lord to come. That was not Paul's perspective. Notice what he says, 2 Thessalonians 3, beginning in verse 6. But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly, not according to the tradition that he received from us.

For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you, nor did we eat anyone's bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil, night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority. Amen. He says, we could have demanded payment certainly for the things that we were doing, but to not make our, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us for even when we were with you.

We commanded you this. If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. Now, obviously that applies to those who have the ability to work, but the idea behind it is if we are unwilling to work. We should not expect others to just do the work for us and support us. Paul makes that abundantly clear, and again, we talked about that last week, so there's no need to re plow that ground.

But we need to be careful that our attitude never becomes, it is more blessed to receive than it is to give. One of our greatest purposes is to work so that we might have something to give to others. So a yoke implies hard work, simple efficiency, close community, And I think it implies slow consistency.

Who in here has ever driven a tractor? Tractor drivers, yeah. You ever driven a tractor just wide open? I mean, that was, that was really, I was driving a tractor, you know, when I was 14, 15 years old before I could really drive a car. I'd drive the truck, there was an old beat up 77 truck my granddad let me drive around the place a little bit.

But mostly it was the tractor, right? And you would, You'd get that thing wide open out on the pavement going to another field and the wind's blowing in your hair as you're driving a blistering 45 miles an hour. Because a tractor's not really built for speed. What's it built for? Well, it's built for work, yes.

For power, for endurance, for consistency. My grandfather 45 years old. And it still did the job as well as it ever did. Without GPS or a cab or air conditioning or anything like that. But it still did the job of work. There is a rhythm to work with a yoke. A slow and steady pace to plowing. This isn't pie in the sky, get rich quick kind of greed that we're talking about here in regard to work.

There is an opposite extreme where work consumes us and money consumes us and everything in our life is about work. Obviously that is just as wrong as not working at all. But the yoke implies that there is good and honest work that can be done in this world. Now notice that doesn't specify blue collar or white collar.

It doesn't specify working for someone else or working for yourself or even working at home. But it does impact our attitude toward work and possessions. I don't have to have it all now. I can wait. I can work. I can deny myself and delay gratification. I am not entitled to what those before me have. Nor should I compare myself to them.

Instead, I should focus on the slow consistency of my own work. I walk the pace of contentment on the way to heaven. In John chapter 5 and verse 17, Jesus answered those on that occasion, My Father has been working until now, and I, too, have been working. Now, is Jesus just referring to the 30 something years of His life on earth?

Or had He and His Father been working since creation? And planning before that to bring about our salvation. God worked out his plan without hurry. In due time, Christ came, but not before. Can we have that same kind of outlook? I believe that we can if we see the next point. That a yoke implies yielded sovereignty as well.

That we submit to Jesus. That Jesus directs us and guides us in our work. It is not up to the oxen to decide which way they're going to go. They are directed by the one. Who is their master and so too for us whatever we do for income We all work for the lord first and foremost now It's wonderful if you can align what you really love with to do with your work.

Well, then congratulations But but if you don't we must learn to love the work we do for what it does For others and what it does for our relationship with christ ultimately. Yes, our calling our vocation Is spiritual in nature I used to think and preach that such spiritual work would be without frustrations, but as I've already said, that is not the case.

There are frustrations even to good spiritual work by good spiritual people. But that's okay, because Jesus allows all of us to do work that really matters. Aren't we all looking for work like that? Work that makes a difference, work that makes an impact, work that matters? Well that's what Jesus allows us to do, even with frustrations.

And how do I know that? Did Jesus have frustrations in His work? In the work that He came and did on earth, did Jesus have frustrations? Was He doing good work? Was He doing the very best work that there was? Of course, but you think about the work of Jesus in His public ministry. He worked incredibly long hours with, with people He chose to work with Him who were both needy and frustrating.

And few truly appreciated what he did. The ten lepers are a great illustration of that. He works and ten are healed but only one returns to thank him. Have you ever felt like that in your work? He even had to get away sometimes just to get a little rest from his round the clock teaching and debating and healing schedule.

And how was Jesus able to do that? Why was he able to do it and do it with a good attitude? Because the work that he was doing had eternal implications. And it was for I want you to turn to John chapter 4 for just a second. John chapter 4.

Look in John chapter 4 and verse 31.

This is just after Jesus encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. And you remember His disciples had gone into town to buy food. So they don't hear everything that had happened. So then they come back. And if we pick up the account in verse 31. In the meantime, his disciples urged him saying, rabbi, eat.

But he said to them, I have food to eat, which you do not know. Therefore, his disciples said to one another. Has anyone brought him anything to eat? Jesus said to them, my food is to do the will of him who sent me. And to finish His. Do you not say there are still four months and then comes the harvest?

Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest. And he who reaps receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps, everyone who works, we might

Jesus says this work sustains me, and we can rejoice together in it. So my question is, how do we connect our Christianity and commitment to God to the workplace, to the work that we do? Well, I think it's pretty simple. If we can change our perspective, or maybe not change our perspective, maybe this is the perspective you already have, but we need a perspective that says, what if everything I do, in everything I do, I am working as unto Christ?

Everything I'm doing, I'm doing as though I was doing it for Jesus Himself. That's the admonition we see in Colossians chapter 3. Let's turn over there, Colossians chapter, chapter 3, beginning in verse 22. Colossians chapter 3 in verse 22.

Bond servants, that's what we are, we're wearing a yoke. Obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service as men pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. Notice verse 23. And whatever you do, Do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of your inheritance, for you serve the Lord Christ.

We work, and we work heartily, as if we're working for Christ. Christians should be the very best workers in every workplace. Amen? What kind of carpenter? or stonemason, if you prefer, was Jesus. What kind of worker do you think Jesus was on the job? What kind of tent maker do you think Paul was? What kind of fishermen were Peter, Andrew, James, and John after they became Christians?

And remember, in all of this, like them, we're not working for our boss, we're not working for our co workers. In a sense, we're not even working for our family. We're working for the Lord in all things. We have yielded our own sovereignty to say, we're My life is devoted to Jesus. And if my life is, then certainly my work is as well.

So a yoke implies that yielded sovereignty. But it also implies focused intensity. You know those horses that have the blinders? Have you seen these, you know, draft animals have the blinders? And race horses have the blinders? Why do they have the blinders? Um, maybe you're not a horse person. Why do golfers get down when they're reading a putt and they go like this?

Why do we do that? To block out everything else, to focus intently and intensely on what it is that is the matter at hand. What is it that I'm supposed to be doing? Undistracted, giving effort, reaching toward the goal. Isn't that what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians chapter 3? In Philippians chapter 3, beginning in verse 12, one of his most famous statements, he says, It is not that I have already attained or am already perfected.

But I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, us Christians, if you're mature, Have this mind, this mind that presses toward the goal with focused intensity. Now that implies in two, that applies in two ways. It applies in us focusing on what it is we, we need to have done that's right in front of us, but also our focus on the goal of eternity.

How does this thing that I'm doing lead me closer to Christ and closer to the ultimate goal? Uh, Paul said in, in 1 Corinthians 15 and verse 10, And you know, Paul was a humble man and yet he says in the ESV, I have worked harder than any of them. Well, we've been through the book of Acts. He worked hard, didn't he?

Because he had the ability to do so. And if I have ability, I'm going to use it in God's service and the service of others. And if I squander my gifts from God, it adds frustration to frustration. And so I need to have focused intensity on the goals of what it is I'm doing. And a yoke implies that. And then finally Very similarly, a yoke implies a limited scope.

It's not just that we're focused on, on something intently and intensely. We're also blocking out everything else that might distract us from that. Here's some sobering numbers. Based on the typical 40 hour work week, those of us who are in the workforce spend almost 25 percent of our time 25 percent of our time during our working years is spent in that environment.

And for the average, uh, American, this is from, uh, four years ago, you will likely spend the equivalent of 12 full years of your life in the workplace. That's at a rate of 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 12 full years of your life in the workplace. What is it that God wants you to do with all that time?

What is the purpose of work from the biblical perspective? Will you turn with me to one more passage, 1 Thessalonians chapter 4.

When it gets right down to it, what does work look like for a Christian?

Verse 11. That you also aspire. Do you have aspirations? Do you have goals? Do you have things you want to accomplish? For the Christian, you also aspire to lead. A great life. An impactful life. Aspire

to lead a quiet life. To mind your own business. To work with your own hands as we commanded you. Why? That you may walk properly toward those who are outside and that you might lack nothing. That's simple. Here's the great thing. That's attainable, isn't it? We all, we all can fulfill that aspiration. I didn't make it to the NBA.

That was never going to happen, but I can attain that, and I can attain the eternal reward that goes with it. Our perspective in that makes all the difference. How can I work and shine my little light in my little corner to be an influence, a blessing, and not a burden that leads to fulfillment and rest?

And when I see the limited scope of who I am and what I can control in return, in regard to work, none of us, we can't control our bosses, we can't control the economy, The economy, our co workers, the government and its regulation of our work. But I can control my aspiration to lead a quiet life, to mind my own business, and to work as Jesus commands.

And that, that is work worth doing.

That is work that leads to rest. If you're here this, this evening and you are not yet a Christian, there are certainly principles, great principles that you can take from this lesson, but, but all of it falls short. All of it, ultimately, is vanity because it deals with just, Life under the sun. But no, Jesus wants your work to mean more than that.

To accomplish more than that. You, you can have an eternal purpose. Not just a temporary physical purpose, an eternal purpose. But you have to come, you have to come and answer His invitation. His invitation to, to all of us who are weary and heavy laden. That we come to Him. That we learn from Him, that we take His yoke upon us, and that ultimately we find that rest that is only found in Him.

And if you're willing to submit yourself to Him, to yield your own sovereignty to Jesus, even this evening, there's nothing that we would love more than to help you to be baptized into Christ, so that you might rise to walk in newness of life, with the new perspective that only comes from being a child of God.

We can help you with that tonight. Why don't you come now, while together we stand, and while we sing.

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