Adam White

Reviving the weary soul: How finding rest in Jesus transforms lives

In our fast-paced and demanding lives, the quest for true rest has become a difficult for many. Our restless souls yearn for relief, a place where we can find peace amidst life’s storms.

Surprisingly, the ultimate source of rest has been beckoning us all along—Jesus Christ. Through the timeless truths of God’s Word, we are invited to embark on a journey of discovering rest that transcends our circumstances, refreshes our weary hearts and transforms our lives.

Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

When Jesus uttered the words, “Come to me,” He extended an invitation to each one of us, regardless of our burdens or weariness. The beauty of this invitation is that.Jesus promises to give rest—not merely a temporary escape or momentary relief, but a deep-seated, soul-level rejuvenation.

To find rest in Jesus, we must first acknowledge our weariness and the burdens we carry. Society often promotes self-sufficiency and self-reliance as the keys to success, but Jesus invites us to a different path—a path of surrender.

As we relinquish control and place our burdens at His feet, we open ourselves to His transformative power.

Rest in Jesus is not synonymous with idleness but rather an intentional rhythm of life that encompasses both work and rest. God designed us to thrive in a balanced existence where we find purpose in our endeavors and experience rejuvenation in times of rest.

The rest Jesus offers is not an escape from responsibilities but a deep sense of peace that accompanies us in all seasons of life.

One of the greatest hindrances to finding rest in Jesus is the weight of guilt and shame that burdens our souls. However, Jesus offers us a profound gift—His forgiveness.

When we accept His grace and extend it to others, we free ourselves from the chains of past mistakes and embrace a newfound freedom that allows rest to permeate every aspect of our lives.

As we embark on this journey of discovering rest in Jesus, our lives are transformed from the inside out. The weariness of our souls is replaced with a deep and abiding peace that defies understanding.

Our purpose becomes clearer, our relationships flourish and our capacity to love and serve others expands beyond measure.

Amidst the chaos and demands of our modern lives, finding true rest seems like an insurmountable challenge. Yet, the invitation remains—Jesus calls us to Himself, offering a rest that satisfies our deepest longings and transforms us from the inside out.

By accepting His invitation, surrendering our burdens, embracing a balanced rhythm and extending grace to others, we embark on a transformative journey where true rest is discovered and our lives become a testament to the power of Jesus Christ.
Adam White is the Senior Pastor of New Beginning Assembly in Port St. Joe, FL, and is Ordained through the Assemblies of God. Email him at or follow his twitter @awhite1020

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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