January 9: The Call to Rest

Read Hebrews 4:1-13

If you are a driven person, you may battle regularly with a sense of “never enough.”  There is always something more that should be done.  Even what you did could have been done better.  You may feel guilty when relaxing and inadequate when producing.

But there is good news for people like us who naturally attempt to carry that “never enough” mentality over into our spiritual lives.  The good news is:

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.”Hebrews 4:9

The same rest God experienced after the six days of creations can be yours!  And it can be yours “today.”  Actually, every day can be a day of rest for those who follow Christ!

That last statement is one that merits unpacking!  The kind of rest spoken of here is one of finding freedom from a sense of “I have to perform” and “never enough.”  We can rest from our own work (4:10) in the sense that we are, in faith, relying on Christ’s work on the cross to bring us into a relationship with the Father (Eph. 2:8, 9) and not on our own performance.  We can also rest from our own work as we, by faith, understand that it is only by that same grace that we, at any point in time, have standing before God.  In other words, we did nothing to “attain” our salvation, and we can do nothing to “retain” it either.  We can relax from those kinds of thoughts!

Keep in mind, it is the practical teaching of the word of God that gives us that kind of resting assurance.  Remember that “the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  (v. 12)

That’s right, the Scriptures have a way of cutting through the fluff of our lives and even the things we pretend to convince ourselves of.  They address the innermost thoughts and motivations – even our felt need to perform rather than rest in the work of Christ.


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