Gotta love the weekends. a sweet reprieve.
Saturday allows me to rest from the busyness of life. Sunday Sabbath reminds me I’ve entered God’s Rest.
I take communion and remember Christ’s finished work on the Cross. And I leave church forever grateful I don’t have to work this coming week … for my eternal salvation.
“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:10)
For years, instead of trusting Jesus for salvation,
- I tried to be a good person.
- Earn my way into heaven through good works.
- Put my faith in me.
After I entered God’s Rest, I learned to stop doing things for God and rest in His presence.
Now whenever I’m tempted to strive or play the High Priest
- Applaud my ‘good’ works
- Absolve my bad behavior.
- Justify wrong thinking.
- Pursue my own agenda
I enter God’s Word which is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
What a thought! Everything within me laid bare, open for God’s scrutiny. Like Eve, I want to hide from God’s searching eyes and cover up my intentions. But, then I remember and rejoice.
“We have a great and high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God...Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:12-16)
Have you entered God’s Rest?
What do you intend to do differently this week to draw near the throne of grace?