A Pastor's Heart
|Posted on August 10, 2018 at 10:40 AM|
Today we conclude our week of personal spiritual discipline. As we bring this week to a close, I pray that you have created a commitment to discipling yourself for greater spiritual growth and development. As we close the week, I invite you to consider this final discipline as perhaps the most difficult of all personal discipline.
The fourth discipline that we must focus upon is Resting. The discipline of resting is not an excuse for laziness. Rather this is a discipline that is modeled by God in creation and Jesus in his ministry. Rest is crucial to our long term physical and spiritual health. Rest also brings us to a place where we are relying on God to accomplish more within us in 6 days than we can accomplish with ourselves in 7 days.
What rest is not is the foundation for doing nothing. Rather rest is a form of thanksgiving as we enjoy the physical things that God has provided for us. Rest is a means of recharging ourselves in preparation for our work and service to the Lord. Rest is a means for reflection and for recreation within our lives.
How often do we feel run down and run over with everything that is going on in our lives? When that happens how often are the spiritual things what we consider to be expendable in order for us to recharge ourselves for what we believe to be the important things of our life? How many of us have skipped church before because we were just too busy and/or too tired to go? How often have we neglected our commitments to corporate worship or to service within the church because we have overworked ourselves? We all are hit a little close to home by each of those questions. Had we practiced the discipline of rest and said “No” to some of the other less important and nonessential matters that came at us during the week would our answers to those questions be different? If we spent less time chasing momentary experiences that our culture pushes us to have and instead rested in preparation for an experience with God would our walk with God be radically different than it is today.
Consider that the call to rest and the call to worship are issued by the same God. In Exodus 20, the Almighty God calls for his people to refrain from putting any God before him (that includes our hobbies, interests, family, fun, and work) and calls for His people to keep a day of rest. Your time of worship is to be protected and it is to be bolstered by your day of rest.
Run from the overcrowding. Pull back from those things that constantly infringe upon the rest that you need. Withdraw from those things that push you away from the rest God has instructed you to take. Then allow that rest to recharge and refresh you as you worship and work faithfully for the Apostle Paul instructs us that in all we do we are to do it as unto the Lord. If we are to worship, work, and rest as unto the Lord then let us rest as he has instructed us so that we may worship and work as he has called us.
Spiritual discipline provides the foundation for spiritual growth and the fuel for spiritual service. We are all called to grow in our relationship with the Lord Jesus and we are called to accomplish good works that he has prepared in advance for us. Continue what you have begun and press forward putting these disciplines into practice within your life.