God’s heart is for restoration not condemnation. God made us for him and this whole life we live is about relationship with him. Sometimes our own search for meaning, purpose, and value leads us to a chaotic and restless life. The very things we do to enjoy life and find purpose actually can lead us away from the person who can truly give us purpose, joy and rest.
In Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28, and Luke 6:1-5, Jesus confronts this very problem in the religious leaders of his day as they harden their hearts to his way and try to lead themselves and others the way they want to. True joy and freedom comes from relationship with Jesus and submission to his way because it’s about our truest rest and purpose!