Labors of Rest

possumAs is often the norm in the faith that holds to Jesus as its foundation, the steps with which describe our relationship with the Christ differ from that common to our physical lives.

Consider that we spend most of our lives walking, moving, and working, in hopes of one day sitting; retirement.

In Christ though, God has made us to sit first. It seems it is a reversal of the standard. It is natural to assume that sitting cannot precede laboring, for how can we rest before we have worked? Contrarily, in writ we read, “He has seated us with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).”

This is because faith in Jesus begins not with a big ‘do,’ but with a big ‘done.’

We need not try to attain with our own efforts, for the invitation in Christ Jesus is to sit, rest, and enjoy what God has done. Any labor attempted outside of this rest is vanity and will achieve naught.

The very act of standing or walking implies an effort on our part, so God describes our relationship with Him as one where we sit, meaning it is His work and not our own.

This is why we hear, “It is by grace that you have been saved and not by any works of your own, else you might have something to boast of (Eph. 2:8).”

Then how will the work get done you ask? If the believer’s life is to be spent seated with Jesus, how will all the necessary labors of love take place? We hear that too has been taken care of.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Eph. 2:10).

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Labors of Rest

  1. What a blessing and privilege to be called to serve the living, omnipotent God! . . . and an even greater blessing and privilege to know that it is God Himself working IN me and through me! All praise and honour to Him and to Him alone!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11
    What more can we ask when we take a rest with Him?

  3. Rob Barkman says:

    What a blessing to know we can constantly rest in Him while we serve Him with all our beings!

    Lord bless you MT

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