I received an email this week which I thought was quite funny.
In it the person accused me of promoting laziness in the body through my teachings on rest. They stated that I am telling people to do nothing with their lives.
Believe it or not I get emails like this almost daily.
It’s quite funny because:
a) I work extremely hard – sometimes more than 80hrs a week
b) I frequently stipulate that those in rest will typically outwork the hardest of “workers”.
The difference rest makes is astonishing though.
My journey into rest
I remember when I first embraced the message of God’s goodness, His grace and the rest that He beckoned me into.
It was a busy year for me.
However, almost overnight, I found myself totally at ease. I had no more stress, anxiety, worry and just loved every moment of the day. I bounced from one meeting to the next and felt on top of everything for the first time in ages!
What was funny is that in this season I had many friends ask me if I was ok. They would want to make sure I really was feeling as great as I said I was.
Because I was working harder than them all and their concern was I would burn out!
You see biblical rest does not look like a lack of action.
Biblical rest is a lack of self-reliance and works.
It says I don’t need to worry about my abilities to do all that the day holds because Christ is working in and through me.
When we enter into a biblical rest we stop relying on our abilities and cast our burdens onto His ability.
Is it any wonder we get so much done and don’t have the same level of stress?
The introduction of rest
Do you know the first time we see the phrase “rest” mentioned in the Bible – in relation to a person – is with the person of Noah.
The name Noah literally means “rest”.
But I tell you what, if you wanted to pick out a Bible character to embody our worldly view of rest you’d be a fool to pick Noah!
Noah worked his butt off!
He had to preach to the multitudes of the coming flood and God’s plan for salvation – for decades!
He built a boat for around 75 years!
He gathered two of every animal and then had to look after them!
Talk about having your work cut out for you.
Why do I say all this? To remind you… Entering God’s rest doesn’t mean you won’t have to do stuff.
But it does mean you don’t have to do anything on your own. You can rely wholly on God working in you. You can rest knowing that any work you have to do is a work that He prepares you for and equips you to carry out. There is no good reason to live under stress and strain but instead can live in an abundance of peace!
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