Good Works? pt 1

(We are making the move back to CO and the office, school, church, etc.  Please enjoy these posts from the archives.  You are welcome to comment as usual and I will respond on the other side.)

I received an interesting question about how to rest in Jesus, especially when He seems to call us to work.  That began a series of correspondence on “good works.”  The next few blog entries will be from that exchange.

How does one “rest” in Jesus?

I hope you know that God is not only doing something wonderful in you, but is ministering to others through you as you learn grace.

So, let me jump in.  How do you fall asleep?  You let go.  We know that we must let go of the problems, frustrations, and work of the day in order to sleep.  The same thing is true of God’s rest.  To enjoy His rest, you have to let go.  Of what?  God specifically refers to the work.  We are to follow His example and let go of the work.  Then we will enjoy His promised rest.

There is an interesting series of verses in Colossians that you may want to check.  They tell what the Lord has done for us.

He has delivered us from darkness 1:13

He has reconciled us to God 1:21

He has made us alive 2:13

He has removed the requirements that held us back  2:14

All of this adds up to the fact that you are complete  2:10

You see, He has done it all.  You can let go and trust in what He has accomplished.  There is nothing more for you to do.  From now on you are on vacation.  You do what you want.  As you walk with the Lord, living in His presence and enjoying Him, you will find that what you want is what He wants.


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