This set of posts began with a question about God’s call to good works. Misunderstanding this call has caused a great deal of frustration and wasted energy for God’s people. No doubt many good things have been accomplished, but many of those who have accomplished these good things have suffered needlessly. I close with some thoughts on the blessing of God’s rest.
Over the years I have heard many people try to explain what part of the Christian life is His and what part is ours. I would say simply that my whole Christian life is His part and my part is just to be with Him. As I say that, though, I realize that this is probably the most difficult thing for any of us to accept. Our Christian training was so full of what we were supposed to do for the Lord that we just “know” that some measurement will be based on our performance. Our “interpretation grid” has been set on one thing and it is a real challenge to be open to anything else.
So let me end with a question. Have you ever found that rest Jesus promised? It is no surprise that few Christians understand this passage for the life we live today. Yet, this is the promise Jesus has for you.
28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 – 30 (NKJV)
Here’s a great benediction from Hebrews. Notice Who does the work:
20Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20 – 21 (NKJV)