June 19, 2013

Thoughts from Mark

Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall.  (Hebrews 4:11)

Rest.

No longer a day, but a place, a destination, a reality.

Hebrews 4 is about the rest available to the child of God.  The context speaks of the children of Israel.  Those who believed that the Lord could bring them into the promised land, entered “His rest”.  Those who could not believe, died in the wilderness.

Biblical rest is not doing nothing.  It is the place of His promises fulfilled.  His promises are us, living in unity with Him, in the purpose He created us for.

Jesus is our “promised land”.  He is the fulfillment of God’s heart for us.  Us in Him, He in us is the promise fulfilled.  And the life resulting from that relationship is rest.

When not in rest, we fall.  The fall described here is one of unbelief.  The fathers died in the wilderness because they could not believe the Lord could deliver them to promise.  The children could–and therefore lived.

Now the reciprocal is true.  We fall from rest, this place in Jesus, when we lose faith.

The only currency that keeps us in His promises is faith.  Our hard work, our energy expended, our hours logged do not buy us a second of rest.  We may sleep well, but true rest will elude us.

Honoring a sabbath day, sleeping 8 hours a night, taking a vacation will restore your natural self.  But there is rest our soul and spirit long for.

And that rest is only found in an intentional lifestyle of union with Jesus.

We’ve said that we know the Lord is with us because we have peace.  What we really should be after is His rest.

In His rest, there is a securing, foundational knowing.  You are anchored and fastened to the Rock at your very core.  There is a melee of activity around you and at your center, you are at rest.  Stress, anxiety and fear evaporate in this paradise.

This harmony, this place of utter and complete solace, only comes from the promised land of the Lord.  You in Him, a living union producing life from life.

And it is from rest that we are to work, play – live.  Rest is active, engaged life within the context of relationship with God and people.

Every decision should come from rest and lead to greater rest.  Every opportunity taken or left on the table is from promise fulfilled and creates greater fulfillment.  Every choice comes from freedom and releases more of the same.

May you have the rest you were created to have.  May you experience your promise fulfilled.

May you have Him.

In love,