“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

This physical world is a beautiful gift for a short time. But too many people are fascinated by the materialism spawned by human reason and physical science and inadvertently glorify the physical life above its true place. Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things we worry about and want will be added unto you.” What is not added, doesn’t matter because you are already complete in Him. But this is a hard adjustment for us raised on the “American Dream.”

Consider what you place your hope in. The physical realm easily becomes a form of bondage. When we idolize our physical life, it becomes our god and we become its slave and what tyranny it is. Life can be exhausting in the struggle for legal tender. How many of us cringe when the harsh taskmaster called life comes knocking on our door, demanding to see what we have done? We are trained to see our existence in terms of earning our significance, or it’s wasted.

We look for security and significance in our body and appearance, our house and its value, our education, status, position, possessions. This is the world of mammon. Maybe it’s time we entertain Jesus’ invite to rest under His care. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have tribulations.” The troubles of our lives – finances, relationships, physical ailments attacks from others, anger, worry – will always be stuff we have to deal with. However, it is our choice whether to focus on them and live in fear or put our eyes on our Father’s presence and rest in His peace.

Adapted from “Now You See It” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis