Rest

Rest

We live in a world which has become far too frantic.  If we have a moment to step back and wonder, we usually cannot figure out how our lives have become so hectic.  Much of this busyness comes from the way in which everything is clamoring for our focus.  “All you have to do is…this.” Yet this statement comes from numerous directions.  This statement is made with regard to food, exercise, kids, and virtually every other aspect of life.  “If you don’t, who will?”  What will be the results if we don’t do it?

Too often we do not choose what is best to do with our time, but move from one thing to another blindly because it “has to be done”, without thinking of whether this particular thing may be more or less important than other things which might occupy this same time.

Sadly, the church has also bought into this idea.  Salvation apparently comes not by the sacrifice of Jesus, but by what we do.  Just do this…that…the next thing, because if you don’t you can’t be sure of salvation.

Jesus promised us “rest.”  Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)  The “rest” that Jesus promises is a rest which we experience today, on this earth.  God’s example of this began at creation when He rested on the Seventh day.  Since then, He calls us to follow that pattern of rest from our labors one day a week.  Resting from our labors demonstrates that our needs are not supplied by ourselves and our labor, but that we trust in God providing for us.

We are called to this same rest in regard to our salvation.  We are called to rest in Jesus…to hope in the salvation He has provided for us.  To rest in salvation “by grace though faith”… “not of works.”  It is easy to put our trust in what we do for our salvation, even if that is not what we claim to believe.  “God is going to save me because I did or do…this.” is a thought that we have. Ephesians 2:8-9 summarizes the true hope so well, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  Our salvation, our rest, comes because Jesus’ sacrifice, not our works, has perfected us forever.  “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Heb 10:14)

Rev. James Grossmann

The Glory of God’s Handiwork

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