Have you ever wondered why the God of all creation took a day of rest? Not only for himself, but also instructed us to spend the Sabbath day in rest and fellowship with him. Perhaps he is demonstrating a powerful reality that many have overlooked; inspired work requires rest and rejuvenation. Let us consider the following truths concerning work:
Work makes one grow tired; therefore choose your work wisely.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)
Many people run around at a feverish pace attempting to accomplish many works for the Lord. Although this is a noble attempt to please him; we must never forget that God does not measure the works of our hands, but the work of our hearts.
I have worked in ministry long enough to recognize that there have been many times that I have missed the mark of my calling. I found my schedule quickly filled with tasks and works that would appease and assist others; all in the name of ministry. If we are not careful we can expend ourselves for what seems right and yet miss the specific work Christ has called us to. Not every good thing is a God thing.
Quantity can never replace quantity.
“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.” (Mark 12:43 NIV)
Jesus was observing those who came into the Lord’s house to give into the treasury. While many were drawing the attention of others with their sizeable gifts, it was a poor widow who gave all that she had that caught the attention of Christ. He used this valuable tool to teach his disciples; service is not measured by the physical appearance of the work, but by the true intentions behind them.
Work without direction is pointless
“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.” (Mark 9:2 NIV)
On the day of rest Jesus took his disciples into a secret place; it was there that he revealed himself to them in a greater way than he had ever done before. Jesus knew that in order to do greater works one must have a greater revelation of who He is. Only when we spend time with him in private will we be able to work effectively for him in the public.
When was the last time that you were alone with God in a secret place? Spending time with him in fellowship without a hidden agenda or a wish list to reveal? If you find yourself fatigued and lacking vision, let me encourage you to go find him. He can give you new strength for the day at hand. Remember, you cannot spell restoration without including rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV)
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