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Scripture: Matthew 11:28-29 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.

Devotional: We conclude our I’m Invited! week of devotions with the most incredible of all of Jesus’ invitations, and the most enduring.  His invitation and His promise are so timely, especially for today. 

When you’re weary and burdened, His rest is a respite from the heaviness that you take on from day to day.  He invites you into the unforced rhythms of grace.  In a world that drives us sometimes to the brink of insanity, Jesus is the quiet, whispered voice that seeks to bring us peace in the chaos. 

Learn from Him.  Your soul needs His rest.

Reflect:

  • In what ways can you respond to Jesus’ invitation today?
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I'm In Day 6

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Scripture: Matthew 8:1-2 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out…

Devotional: Jesus invites people that others reject.

In this passage, we see a very important person whom Jesus invited, Mary Magdalene.  We’re told she had been cured of evil spirits and diseases; in fact, seven demons had been cast from her! 

Can you imagine the life of isolation and torture that she endured before she met Jesus?  People must have avoided her at all costs.  Can’t you just hear the whispers, jeers and outright insults that must have been directed at her in her tormented state?

Her story reminds us that there is no one who is beyond the grasp of Jesus; no one who is too far gone; no one who is hopeless. 

Jesus’ love brought freedom and belonging to Mary Magdalene.  His invitation transformed her completely.  She was included among His most trusted companions.

And she, in return, loved and served him wholeheartedly until He took His last breath.

Reflect:

  • Is there anyone that you might consider “too far gone” to receive Jesus’ invitation? How does Mary Magdalene’s story encourage you not to give up on them?

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