“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…” Hebrews 4:9-11a
God is washing over me today with the wonderful truth that we enter into Sabbath-rest as we abide in Christ. What a glorious gift in this hectic, stress-filled, fast-paced world.
We can rest from our works. We can cease striving to prove our worth and make a name for ourselves. There is nothing we can do to earn what the Lord has given us, and our worth and identity is in HIM! All has been done for us through Jesus and His finished work on the cross. As we gratefully receive this gift, we enter into rest. We have the freedom to do whatever we do for the glory of God – to move with Him and do the things He created us for in and through His power and strength. We are born-again – born anew – in Jesus. We are set free from the burdensome yoke by the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit!
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:4-10
“Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:18-23
We come to our Lord Jesus and rest in His arms and in what He has done for us. This is not a one time or from time to time thing. It doesn’t just happen in our quiet times with Him (although that is a very special time of coming away with Him that brings deep intimacy, healing and oneness). It is an every-moment, continual thing. As we abide in Jesus and He in us, we have true rest. In Him we live and move and have our being. This rest comes as we walk through our days with the Lord – in obedience to His commands and in communion with Him. We have peace, joy and abundant life! Our heavy burdens are removed. Our chains are broken. Our wounds are healed. Hope overflows by the power of His Spirit! Hallelujah!
“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.” ~ words of Jesus from Matthew 11:28-30
Oh Lord, I love you! Thank you for what you have done for me, Jesus! Thank you for the gift of grace – that you meet me each day with what I need as I look to you and approach your throne. In you, I am made new. In you, I have true rest. As I experience this in the hardest places, my joy overflows! Praise to you rises out of my grateful heart. Who am I that you would give me this…that you would give me yourself and all the riches that are in you? But you have and you are. Oh, thank you, Jesus! You are my Lord and my King! You are my Love! Help me to walk with you in obedience through my days – to hear and obey your voice, be who you made me to be and do what you created me to do. As I do this, my joy is complete and my life brings fulfillment. Your grace is sufficient. Your grace is extravagant, abundant and BEAUTIFUL!! All I want is to do your will, please you and bring you glory. The work is finished. You finished it on the cross, Jesus. Thank you. Help me to walk in that truth and victory and bring your kingdom through everything I think, do and say. Being with you is my delight! Doing your will is my food. Living in your presence is my Sabbath-rest. May my life be a thank-offering to you. In your holy name, Jesus. Amen.
let go, relax