Biblical Rest Is Not A Lack of Action

Biblical Rest is Not a Lack of Action

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
and
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.

The reason?

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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  1. I have been told time and time again to rest in Christ or just rest with God and I have had the hardest time applying that. I tend to strive for love even though I’m told not to. I don’t understand how to rest in Him. How does it look, how to do it.. I’m sure it’s simple and i. Just not grasping it.

    • Gail, it saddens me at times because there are so many Christians struggling with what you shared. Jesus brought me out of this struggle when he showed me the incredible beautiful true nature of his being and how he really sees me. I discovered that he was in no way contributing to or manipulating my life’s discouraging circumstances for some greater good, that was a huge lie I had swallowed. He is always for your good, to woo you into his heart , into the freedom and the peace the he had sacrificed so much for you to experience. It all comes through seeing and encountering the goodness of such a good Father who loves us beyond our wildest imagination!

      Take to him in prayer what you shared, and cast everything upon him because he cares for you. I believe he will shift your perspective and draw you into the incredible every day life sustaining joy and goodness he created you to always live in, because he lives in you.

      Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
      [28-30] “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

    • Gail 2 suggestions I would try what we call ‘soaking’ put on some gentle worship music lie down and simply ask God to come and love you. I would also highly recommend going to this website and booking into as many father heart events as you can, this will change everything for you (come to our event in York in August) Abba’s love for you depends upon his nature and not anything you do or don’t do! http://www.fatherheartministries.org.uk/

  2. I hear you, Gail. A few years ago I was powerfully impacted by Romans 6:6 which told me that my sinful self or sin nature died with Christ. That I am totally new and perfectly lovely. I now know that my Abba is tickled pink with me all the time apart from how well or badly I am behaving. So I can rest knowing that I please God by simply breathing. If start getting anxious it’s because I forget who I am in Christ and start trying to deal with things myself. I correct this thinking by talking to the One who is nuts about me and say things like, I am your joy, your pleasure, your ĺove child. Or I simply bathe mentally and physically in God’s pleasure.

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