Did you know that being busy and tired all of the time may indicate that you are not walking in the Spirit, trusting God fully? If we truly “abide in Christ” like branches on a vine (John 15:1-8), God promises fruitfulness.
The Book of Genesis says God took six days to create the world, and then he rested. God wants you and me to “rest from our own work, just as he did from his.”
Sometimes, I think it is the hardness of my own heart that makes me think that I am indispensable and need to volunteer more, to do more, and to push myself to the point of exhaustion just to accomplish one more thing. When I do not accept my limitations and enter into his rest, it is pridefulness.
God’s work has been finished since the creation of the world. As I choose to enter into Sabbath rest, at least once each week, I show my trust that God is in control and that the world is not going to fall apart because I am not juggling all of the loose ends!
Jesus calls out to you and me, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Will you take him up on his offer today, and experience a true Sabbath rest?
Father God, thank you for Sabbath rest! Help me to enter into it with an attitude of trust and obedience to your Spirit’s leading. Amen.
Go Deeper — Make plans to attend church today as part of your Sabbath rest, and then spend the remainder of the day in quiet inspirational reading and, if you can, being with your family until sunset. It’ll be hard not to go out to eat, do the laundry, or dash to the store but give it a try. See how much better your Monday begins!
Read Further — If you are not sure where to go to church, here are some things to look for in choosing your place of worship.
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