Cease The Labor

Friends,
I hope you have been having a restful Labor Day weekend. The Lord does want people to rest. To rest our bodies, but also our minds and our spirits. That doesn’t mean to “empty the mind” like the contemplatives are promoting, for that is a type of self-hypnosis and easy prey for deceptive demons to enter who masquerade as angels of light. But it does mean that once we’ve cast our cares upon the Lord, we leave it with Him in restful trust. We are to consistently remind Him, but we’re to do so in praise –without worrying or fretting. This does bring rest to the soul.

Jesus Himself is our Rest; and we are invited to enter that Rest and live there. “Now we who have believed enter that rest… There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God…” (Heb. 4:3a,9) The Sabbath, “the day of rest”, no longer has anything to do with a literal day. It was only part of “a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” (Col. 2:17) Therefore, for those of us who “in Him were circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature… having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through our faith in the power of God…” (v. 11,12), we “died, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (3:3) And since “His work has been finished since the creation of the world” (Heb. 4:3c), then where does that leave those who are “in Him” who have entered that rest through their belief? Well, it definitely leaves us in a very good and lovely place. A calm, tranquil place. The place of rest.

Any why can we rest? Because HE does it all. As we abide in the Vine (John 15:4), we automatically pull sap (strength, power, love, etc.) from Him, and so we automatically bear fruit without striving. It’s not that we do nothing at all. But just as a branch faithfully pulls nutrients from the main vine, we are to consistently pull “spiritual nutrients” from our Vine –Jesus, who is the Word of God. (John 1:1,14 & Rev. 19:13) Jesus says in John 15:5, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” That means –nothing of any spiritual value. No good fruit.

But… for those IN Christ, we are promised in Phil. 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And Jesus says in Matt. 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” He gives us a work to do, but it is one He fashioned us for. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)

Isn’t this precious and wonderful? Yes, for all the Good News certainly is just that. –Good news!

So, may we rest… Rest our whole beings. Casting our cares, our strivings, and even our physical work, to Him.
Peace and rest to you,
Love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 7, 2009.

 
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