Commanded to Rest
God rested on the seventh day after all His work was done. How much more do we need tot rest?
1 And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it he rested from all his work which God had created and made.
I have never been good at resting. As soon as I sit down or lie down I think of all the things left to do. Why is that? What am I thinking? If God rested on the seventh day, and He doesn’t need rest, why do I think I don’t?
As a believer we must learn to rest in the work that Christ did for us. It is so easy to jump on the I have to please God with my work wagon. What pleases Him however is the faith we have in what Jesus did.
28 They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
How do we enter that rest? We believe what he did. As a result of knowing what Christ did for us our motives for what we do change. The motive of love takes over what we put our hands to. So instead of working to impress God we need to realize he is already impressed with what Christ did, and what we do doesn’t change that. That is why it is called the good news.
So what happens if we continue in unbelief in what Christ did, and keep trying to earn God’s love?
We have to work at believing. That is the work God wants us to do. Yes, God desires us to do good works which are rewarded, but this is not supposed to be a burden to us. If we are just doing something because we believe we have to, instead of we get to out of our appreciation for God, then eventually it becomes a burden. If this happens Christ implores us to come rest in Him. What do you need in order rest in Him?
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (ASV)