Resting in Christ
“Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people….” Hebrews 4:9
I often think about calling my mother to apologize for not taking my required naps as a child. Being adults, as many of us can relate, we are exhausted throughout our days from always doing. There just doesn't seem like enough hours in the day to get adequate rest with all that we have to do. As Christians, rest should be something we are familiar with, but we can become so busy with day to day activities, even good ones, we miss the the big picture: our work should be done from rest.
What is this rest, you may ask? It is not the relative of laziness or idleness. It is the rest that comes from having our striving and toiling for goodness completed only in Christ Jesus ( Colossians 2:10). The righteousness needed to be freed from sin and freed to work joyfully only can be found in Him. We can rest in God while performing our day to day activities. They are done not in an effort to win favor from Him but in a act of worship and gratitude from being found in Him. Don’t get me wrong - we can very well run into ourselves into the ground with overworking ourselves. But this should not be the case for us.
When we, with God given wisdom, do all things for the glory of God and the good of our fellow men, the rest we find from these deeds can be one of joy and contentment (1 Corinthians 10:31). And one day, when He returns or calls us home, we will enter the rest that remains for us: the eternal rest of our Lord and God, Christ Jesus. There we will rest with our Lord and enjoy Him forever (Hebrews 4:9-11).
Until then, work to the glory of God, sisters (Colossians 3:17). Don’t overdo it, and don’t lose the joy that comes from our good and perfect God in the works He has prepared for us.
Heavenly Father, our bodies are finite, and we are frail in many ways. Sometimes - many times - we find work to be tiresome and mundane. The greatest failure is to try to work for Your love and approval on our own accord. Thank You for Your Son, who we rest in His work, and from His grace and mercy, we work in all things for Your glory. Refresh our souls and renew our minds in Spirit and in Truth. In Christ's name we pray, Amen.
Are you working from resting in Christ or are you working to earn some type of merit from Him? Working for His glory starts with being found in Him.
About the Author
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Griffin enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.