Former Procrastinators, to assist with updating the website, the next few weeks I’ll share earlier blogs on rest – an excellent topic for summer. Hope you enjoy.
He Is Risen! Our Loving God is Mighty! Holy! Good! Jesus Christ is Lord!
Because He is risen, we can be former procrastinators.
Jesus was fully God and fully man. While He lived on earth as a man, Jesus had a human frame. That means He, too, needed rest as did His disciples. “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” So many people, they did not even have time to eat. Mark 6:30-32.
Other scriptures tell of Jesus’ withdrawing to a solitary place to spend time in prayer. He labored in prayer, but He was refreshed and strengthened in those times alone with God.
At the end of His life Jesus said to His Father, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 1:4.
I am gripped by the connection between Jesus’ times alone with God and His fulfillment of the Father’s purpose.
In His earthly frame as a man, Jesus must have wanted to heal every aching heart and every damaged body. But He did not do that. Nevertheless before He died, He had finished the work the Father had given Him to do. Amazing! He did not try to do everything He could have done; yet even in His human frame, He’d done all God wanted.
Can we be like that?
Last week a lady shared that she was bothered by doing so many things but having no sense of accomplishment. She began to meet with God in the morning and ask Him specifically what He wanted her to do. She made her list according to that. In the evening, she met with God again and reviewed what she had done under His guidance. The sense of accomplishment blessed her greatly.
Seeking the Lord – and trusting Him – we can move in His peace and purpose. The sense of accomplishment is a blessed result of walking closely with Him.
“It’s not how much gets done. It’s what gets done.” That’s how a friend sums it up. Amen.
Risen Jesus gives us rest. He gives rest in His salvation for all eternity. He gives us rest along the way. He will also help us rest in limiting ourselves to what He directs.
“Come unto 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.”
Jesus is the very source of rest.
How will you rest in Him?